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WHY is sugar sweet and medicine bitter?

Updated on February 17, 2012

5 Senses

We have 5 senses--taste, sight, smell, hearing, touch. That makes us quite self sufficient in our day to day lives. We can smell bad odour when it is around, we can see ugly or pleasant things, we can taste good or bad things, we can hear loud or subtle voices, we can respond to touch as well.

How do we define our Senses

We have been able to define each thing that happens with our senses as good or bad; as sweet or bitter; as ugly or pretty; as a pinch or a stroke. How is that possible?

What defines our Senses

It is our Brain.

Brains helps define our sensations, it has given a name to our tastes. We have wired ourselves in such a way that we can define anything good as pleasant and pretty. We have been able to define anything bad or bitter. It's like feeding an infant for the first time; he will not be able to express whether the food is good or bad. The definition of good or bad is defined by us. The poor child will be sipping the sugarless milk with delight or even licking on the Gerber food with loads of crushed spinach or carrots or peas. He will be so happy in his own world since, communication is not a concern for him. As long as the child is given his meals on time; he does not care of how it tastes. He will not care of the world around him. The infant is always seen smiling unless something bothers him then, we see a frown on his face. Such is the blissful life of the infant.

As the infant grows to be a toddler; he starts to express his feelings and his tastes for different foods, can be seen from the way he accepts the food when fed and the expressions he makes while eating it. At that stage, a toddler's brain is already wired up by now. Thanks to the company around him; he knows what is good and what is bitter. He knows; what food is yummy and what is yucky.

Man has such a bright perception on categorizing things that we grasp within a couple of months from our birth on this planet.

My Question and something to ponder upon!

When WE have the POWER to differentiate between bitter and sweet which means that sugar is sweet and medicines are bitter. We also have the POWER to wire our brain in such a way that we train it for sorrows as a disguised blessing and joy as temporary so, that helps us shift gears easily when we are tasting either sorrow or joy in our lives.

This will help us to be happy and content with whatever taste; LIFE has to offer.


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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Yes, it is a mind game and thought I put it across to the world :)

      Thanks for stopping by! Am glad you agree with the perception.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Ruchira, your message at the end hit the right spot - the brain. Very well written and presented with a very good example. Voted up & interesting.

      This piece is worth a reread.

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Hello Rajan,

      Well said indeed. We always prefer sweetness over bitterness. But, unfortunately life throws both at us. However, we have to learn to accept it and move on with a positive attitude.

      Thank you for your kind comment...a pleasure!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Life is bitter and sweet. We have to accept both the aspects with equal grace but as humans we prefer sweet over bitter.

      Very well put. Thanks for sharing.

      Interesting read.

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks Epi for your generous comment...appreciated reading every bit of it :)

      I am also just another fellow on this boat of life trying to ease out pains of myself and others by smooth talk...LOL

      Sure, would love to check out my fellow hubber: Spirit Whisperer. Thanks for the recommendation.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...always love your writing ..... your thoughts and questions always take me far away to different places - another hubber buddy of mine, Spirit Whisperer, is a gentleman whom you should check out, if you can .....

      thanks for enriching me with your philosophical and spiritual enlightenment ...... now for that dip into the lake .....

      lake erie time 2:07pm

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      @alwaysexploring...exactly. I too have a sweet tooth and cannot digest anything sour thus, got this thought one day to try to change things around IF my senses control me. That will help me be happy no matter what :)

      Thanks for stopping by...appreciate it!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting indeed. I must admit that i have a super sweet tooth and can't stand anything sour. Thank's for the reminder on how to be happy and content.


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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      @Fay...thank you for the thumbs up :) appreciate it!

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Nice hub, Ruchira as usual. It is fun to watch children and see the senses evolve.


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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      @BBG28- I know; we have it all wired within us and I only hope we can wire it differently for the things that knock us out each day :)

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Well said. I have a toddler right now that has finally learned how he likes his food. Let's just say, he has learned what is bitter and what is sweet.

      Well written hub and a good explanation.

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you HP Roychoudhury. I am glad that the message I am trying to convey was perceived by you :)

      You have always been the FIRST to comment on my hubs and I appreciate it. Thank you!!

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      H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is nice hub to learn a lot with logical explanation.