Are You a Free-Range Chicken?

By Greg Baer M.D.

April 27, 2015

Most chickens—99% or more—are raised in physical conditions that you would prefer not to see or smell. They are crowded so closely that they can barely move.

Animal activists and natural food enthusiasts have combined to motivate some chicken farmers to raise chickens in a more unrestricted environment. Some farmers actually put chickens out in the field, where they grow up on naturally growing seeds, grubs, and other insects. These are called “free-range chickens.”

Other farmers, however, cleverly put a tiny six-inch door in the wall of each very large section of the enormous chicken house. With this door in the wall, the chickens have the opportunity to walk outside and wander around a walled-off, two-foot by two-foot patch of dirt.

Because these chickens have the theoretical opportunity to walk around free—or have “free-range”—they are deceptively referred to as free-range chickens. But the truth is that the chickens are so familiar with the confined environment in which they were raised from hatchlings, that the door is an inconceivable choice, probably even frightening. Practically speaking, then, does the “free-range chicken” really have a choice to go outside? NO, not really.

And so it is that nearly all of us fall in the category of the theoretical free-range chickens. Technically, we can choose to be loving and happy at any moment, but because we have been raised in fear and without Real Love, the only real choice we see is to react to our emptiness and fear. Loving does not exist as a practical choice for us, because we are really captive to the pain and ignorance of our upbringing—little better than caged chickens.

Only when we are loved and taught can we really see love as a choice, or have the ability to make that choice. With Real Love, we can genuinely range free and choose love and genuine happiness.

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About the author 

Greg Baer, M.D.

I am the founder of The Real Love® Company, Inc, a non-profit organization. Following the sale of my successful ophthalmology practice I have dedicated the past 25 years to teaching people a remarkable process that replaces all of life's "crazy" with peace, confidence and meaning in various aspects of their personal lives, including parenting, marriages, the workplace and more.

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