Yum or Yuk?

You may already have seen this floating about the internet.

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It's an interesting approach though huh?

If, instead of polarising things to 'good' and 'bad' we choose 'yum' and 'yuk' instead?

We humans like a bit of polarity - us/them me/you work/rest. I guess it helps us make sense of the world.

Unfortunately the world isn't really black and white like that, it's much more complex. The yum/yuk equation gives space for the subtleties without you really having to analyse them.

All you really have to consider is: am I wanting this because it's yum? Or avoiding some other yuk by doing/eating this?

There is far more possibility for self-understanding in this line of questioning than in telling yourself that x behaviour is good and y is bad.

In yoga philosophy - the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali specifically - these concepts are called Raga - desire - and Dvesa - aversion.

They are both considered to be obstacles to clear sight because strong desire clouds our judgement just as much as strong aversion does. I am sure we all have a story to prove that! 

Life is easier when you are closer to seeing things objectively - we are human so it's unlikely we will ever be completely objective, but using the yum/yuk polarity seems a pretty useful tool to me!