Why are we more attached to the way of life more than to life ?

We all know that smoking is harmful, yet we smoke. We all know that processed food is bad, yet we eat it. We all know that social distancing is safe yet we are ready to kiss everyone down the street.

Therefore, why are we more attached to our way of life more than to life itself in spite of all the warnings?

The answer is simple: we are cultural beings. We live and thrive in our culture which creates patterns and habits in us. Lockdown broke societal habits and left us miserable in general. Humans are not just simple beings; they are not animals whose sole aim is survival. We don’t eat to live but we live to eat and the list goes on.

Yes, our Modus Vivendi is more important than life. We don’t just survive; we live!