People believe the strangest things. Usually it’s because they learned it as a child, and never stopped to question the validity of the belief.
When that belief is questioned by someone else it can be perceived as an attack not only on their intelligence, but also on the people from whom they first learned the information in question. Questioning beliefs picks away at the mentors and heroes from a person’s upbringing.It’s easier for most to leave well enough alone than to face the possibility that their heroes might have had faults.
I ran across this blind-belief in the kitchen last week, when I was told by someone that it’s bad for your health to allow something from the freezer to thaw and then be refrozen. “It will make you sick,” I was told.
“Where did you learn this?” I asked.
“Oh, I learned it growing up,” was the reply. “And, my son, he got sick after eating refrozen food.”
I told her that the refreezing isn’t necessarily good for the quality of the food as it damages whatever is being frozen, but it doesn’t affect your health.
She said that the bacteria would make me sick.
I told her the bacteria don’t multiply while they’re frozen. It’s how long the food is left out while not frozen that makes the difference. If you froze spoiled food, thawed, and ate it; or froze perfectly fine food, thawed it, left it out for too long, refroze and re-thawed it, then you might have a problem.
She sighed dramatically, rolled her eyes, told me I was wrong, and left the room. Conversation over.
She had personally experienced trouble with refreezing food, which reinforced her belief about not refreezing. She learned this rule from someone who she looked up to as a child, and who helped shape her world view.
Her rules, her belief system, keep her healthy and safe. She and her family never get sick from refrozen food.
She wasn’t about to give me anymore time to put a chink in her belief system.