Why I don’t drink milk.( The Milk Theory) (contd.. part -6)

Why I don’t  drink milk.( The Milk Theory) (contd.. part -6)
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/21/2019 5:43:53 AM IST

 Instinct of animals is God’s voice, and it is always reliable

Instinct is what God puts in all living creatures to guide them, and for their better survival. However, in the case of human beings, He also gives them the power of reasoning and making judgements or choices through logical thinking. Although this is a great advantage and our superiority over other creatures, unfortunately, we have allowed it to kill our instinct, or to silence the voice of God in us. As a result, in pursuit of our vanity and greed, and what we think is fashionable and modern; and in our search for pleasure, fame and fortune, (the animal kingdom, being guided by instinct, is relatively free from all these), we have spoilt the planet earth in various ways. In the process, we have already brought several problems and miseries upon ourselves, such as modern ‘life style diseases’, ‘global warming & climate change’ and ‘natural disasters’ etc.  It is high time we see what is happening to us; and reconsider many of our ways. 

One of my favourite lines in our church’s hymn book says: ‘Except man, no other creation needs to be taught’. The Bible also says, “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you” (Job 12:7). That means other creations, guided as they are by instinct, know exactly what they have to do to live and to survive, and through that, they testify the glory and wisdom of their Creator. Hence, we have a lot to learn from the animal kingdom, especially the wildlife, whose life style has not been unduly interfered with by man. 

For example, let us consider a female sea turtle baby which has just been hatched from an egg laid and buried by her mother in a sandy beach of an island. She somehow manages to extricate herself from the egg shell and the sand where it is buried. Upon sighting the world for the first time, the sounds of the ocean waves beckon her, and after scrambling awkwardly in the sand for some distance, she plunges headlong into the waters of the vast ocean. With no one to guide or teach her, and having never seen her mother or father, she is solely on her own, right from day one. 

She has no note book or log book to record her journeys in the sea.  No map, compass or GPS (global positioning system) to guide her. And absolutely no past experience to rely on, having just been born herself. Yet, wonders of wonders, she sails through the depths of the vast Pacific, the Atlantic or the Indian Oceans as if they were her backyard! She knows what to eat or not to eat, where she will find food during various seasons of the year. And many years later, when her time comes, she will sail through thousands of kilometres in the sea to come ashore, and lay her eggs in the same beach where she was born! 

Another fascinating thing is the journeys performed by migratory birds. Sometimes, they fly continuously for several days and nights, high above the clouds and the highest mountains, crossing the continents and the seas, and without the aid of any map, compass or instrument. Yet they are never lost. These are some indications of the power, accuracy and reliability of unpolluted instinct of animals. 

I may be considered to be an educated and knowledgeable person, having a fair knowledge of geography and the world, backed up by many years of experience that includes travels to many countries around the world. Yet, if I were to be left alone in the depth of the Pacific Ocean with oxygen cylinder, or in the midst of the Sahara desert, or in a flying balloon in the night sky high above the clouds, I will be completely at sea or completely at a loss. 

Thus, there can be many instances where the instinct of animals or wildlife scores over the wisdom and knowledge of human beings. As stated earlier, this power and accuracy of animal instinct is one of the important pillars of my milk theory.

Why other mammals don’t drink  milk after being weaned

Every mammal not only drinks mother’s milk, but solely lives by it during the early days of infancy. After sometime, when the baby is able to chew and digest its normal food, she will be weaned. The duration of milk feeding will vary from animal to animal, but the mother knows by instinct when to wean the baby. Within a few days of weaning, the production of milk in the mother’s body will stop automatically, and even the milk already produced, but not consumed by the baby will be disposed of by the body, and no milk will remain in the body of the mother. 

So, there is no question of any mammal ever going back to her mother’s milk after the process of weaning is completed. In spite of the initial reluctance to give up mother’s milk during the process of weaning, the young mammal is no more interested in mother’s milk once the weaning is completed. Why is this so? It is obviously because of the voice of instinct that tells her that milk is not her food anymore! As stated before, unpolluted animal’s instinct is always right. 

Just as the mother’s body undergoes dramatic changes, and ceases to produce milk soon after the weaning, the digestive system of the young mammal also undergoes great transformations. The ‘lactase’ enzyme necessary to digest lactose in milk is no more produced by her stomach.  So she can no more digest milk! And she knows this through instinct. Therefore, even if she sees the younger siblings joyfully suckling mother’s milk, she does not feel tempted at all. Even in times of drought, or in times of extreme thirst or hunger, she would never go back to her mother’s milk. 

In a way, this behaviour of the young mammal is quite surprising, considering the fact that before the weaning, mother’s milk was the tastiest and the most energizing food, that also provided mental comfort, as well as emotional bonding with the mother. It may also be noted that this has nothing to do with table manners, or courtesy to the younger siblings. In the animal kingdom, there is no etiquette at the dining table. They squabble for any food, the strongest having the lion’s share. But never in the case of milk! (Of course, the siblings of one litter may squabble amongst themselves for mother’s milk, which is in the nature of all animals).

Even in the case of human beings, we are aware that mother’s milk is not our food anymore after being weaned. But at some point of time, when we discovered that milk contains so many nutriments, we started using our judgements rather than our instinct. Knowing very well that our own mother do not produce milk anymore (especially for grownups), our greed and our over-enthusiasm to eat rich foods had prompted us to steal milk from our domestic animals. And after it becomes a habit and a tradition, we can’t even see the absurdity and impropriety of this act. The situation has been further aggravated by incomplete medical knowledge about milk and diet, as well as our blind belief that milk is good for adults too, completely forgetting that it is against the ways/order of nature. 

That’s how man becomes the odd species that has forgotten how to listen to the voice of instinct; the only creature that needs to be re-taught what to eat and what not to eat; and the only mammal that continues to drink milk till adulthood and old age! In a way, the most intelligent being becomes the most ignorant as regards to one's 'natural food'! Not only in the case of milk consumption, but in the case of many other things that we eat and do, we appear to be blinder and more ignorant than other creatures about the consequences. And in the process, we are bringing upon ourselves many life-style diseases, in addition to seriously bleeding our planet earth. When will we be able to see this plain truth? When will we realise that we have many things to learn from nature and wild life, and start doing the same? 

By Lalthara, IAS (Rtd), former Chief Secretary, Nagaland.

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