It’s Garbage Day in my neighborhood, Modern Philosophers, and I just ran outside in the rain to take the last bit of trash to the curb. Yes, I was quite the sight in my sleeping toga and baseball cap as I sprinted between the raindrops.
Like any good Modern Philosopher, I found inspiration in the process.
What if we had a weekly Metaphoric Garbage Day for the nonsense in our life that we would love to send off to a landfill or incinerator forever? How wonderful would it be to do a weekly purge of the stress, annoyances, frustrations, bad thoughts, and any other rubbish that attracted metaphoric flies and stank up our lives?
It wouldn’t even need to be a weekly thing. I’d be happy to be able to do this on a monthly basis. Once something went into the back of the truck, it would be gone forever. Eaten up by whatever monster the garbage men keep hidden back there.
Unfortunately, such an idea will never become a reality. We generate more metaphoric garbage than any landfill, real or imaginary, would ever be able to hold. We are our own worst enemy, and really need to do a better job of keeping our garbage pails from overflowing and attracting the rats, which only makes the problem worse.
Don’t we recycle all the garbage in our lives? Aren’t we just battling the same problems over and over? We never quite seem to send the trash to the incinerator, but rather, recycle it to use again the next day. How do we break this cycle?
I know recycling is supposed to be good for the environment, but the opposite is true when it comes to our stress levels and overall well being. We need to take that metaphoric trash out to the curb, and if the garbage men never come to collect it, then maybe we should just burn it ourselves. In the end, we are the ones responsible for keeping our pails empty.
Okay, so maybe I’m still half asleep and trying to get way too much out of this metaphor, or maybe I’m on to something here. That’s up to you to decide.
All I’m saying is we can’t expect someone else to clean up our personal messes, and it’s our own faults that we have too much waste in our lives.
Clean it up, Modern Philosophers! Let’s set an example for the others and see if that makes our lives a little easier.
Happy Garbage Day!