June 22, 2017 by John Crapper
There are obvious things in life that are obviously important for each of us yet tend to be taken for granted by us all. It will be obvious there is nothing insightful in this post. I just wanted to state the obvious because sometimes we are oblivious, obviously.
Simple Definition of obvious
: easy to see or notice
: easy for the mind to understand or recognize
There are lots of important things in this world we tend to take for granted. To prove my point conduct this little experiment before we go further. Hold your breath for three minutes. Did you try? Can you do it? There is a saying well known to asthma sufferers. “If you can’t breath nothing else matters” Yet, in many ass-backward ways we take the air we breathe for granted. Obviously, we shouldn’t.
It’s obvious that water that comes out of our faucets every day and is vital to our lives but we tend to ignore its importance and continue to routinely waste and contaminate it.
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 obviously 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 obviously 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. It is obvious this 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. It’s obvious it’s pretty ass-backward.
It should be obvious to us all that our food supply is critical to our well-being. Many of us routinely overeat while millions starve. We waste it; we eat too much and we think very little about how it gets on our plates every day or where it comes from.
We tend to take the energy we use for granted. It should be obvious to us all our energy comes from the sun.
But we choose to get it from fossil fuelish sources. It is obvious we tend not to think about what it’s doing to our environment – the air we breath, the water we drink and the food we eat.
Another thing we take for granted is the arrival of spring. Some years it arrives a little early and some years a little late but it is obvious we count on its arrival. We really don’t doubt the trees will bud and the flowers will bloom year in and year out. If it ever didn’t happen due to some environmental imbalance we’d be in deep doo doo. That would be obvious.
W also take for granted good health. It should be obvious to us all there are many of us who abuse our bodies daily by the crap we eat and the sedentary lifestyle we choose to lead. Yet we expect our bodies to continue to perform. When they don’t we go to the doc’s office and expect a pill to fix the problem without making any adjustments to our faulty ways.
Each of these items, vital to our lives, we waste, pollute or abuse without much thought or regard for the consequences. Adopting waste-end ass-forward thinking proposed by the Church of the Holy Shitters helps curtail this blind ass-backward thinking. It forces us to appreciate these vital resources. This appreciation of these obvious things in our life is the first step towards their proper use. It is the critical mindset necessary to establish a truly “sustainable” standard of living for us to live by.