Uploading is eating. Downloading is defecating. If the world can talk about uploading then it is high time the world also talks about downloading. Both are necessary for life. Both are basic bodily functions.
Sewage treatment plants are society’s way of downloading its shit. The sole purpose of a sewage treatment plant is to clean the water. Cleaning sewage water produces sludge. Farmers like sludge because it has nutrients used as fertilizer. But that same sludge dumped into the sea can be pollution that essentially sucks the oxygen out of the water and leaves it lifeless.
When we look at the predominant sanitation system used in the world today in an ass-forward way we can truly see just how ass-backward it is. Each of us pays good money to have purified water pour into our toilets. We then do our business and flush it into the sewer system. We also pay hard-earned money to carry our excrement away to a sewage treatment plant. Along the way it is mixed in with all kinds of foreign substances including chemicals, solvents and medical waste. At our sewage treatment plants varying energy intensive expensive processes are utilized to separate out the contamination from the water to return it to its pure state to be recycled. The remaining sludge’s value, as a result of human excrement being mixed with other sources of contamination, is diminished. It must be further sterilized, with questionable results, before it can be used as a fertilizer. This never-ending expensive cycle of mishandled waste typifies truly ass-backward logic and indicates just how out of touch we are with our true nature. It also points out to what lengths we will go to deny our bodily functions and ignore our relationship and dependence on nature.
Sanitation, looked at in an ass-forward way, points us dramatically in a different direction.