Oh dear! Started the year with a well-intentioned little ebook close to my heart called ‘How to Love everyone and Everything – starting with a stone’, (uploaded here as a free ebook: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/604151 ) and the first Facebook comment I got was, ‘It looks like a turd…’ Back to earth with a thud! But the friend goes on to say ‘…Not a bad place to start though.’ And yes, I think it is… if we can reflect on what excrement is so good for – apart from keeping us alive by departing from our intestines! It turns to compost and fertilizes new life in abundance…
Here is the good author of Humanure, a book that should enthuse anyone about excrement – and horrify them about our present wasteful sewerage practices!
Ah, the circle of life! Some beauty to be found at every point, however humble… it all depends on our perspective. Thank you, life!
And now I have to quote Nietzsche on the matter:
“To the clean are all things clean”- thus say the people. I, however, say to you: To the swine all things become swinish!
Therefore preach the visionaries and bowed-heads (whose hearts are also bowed down): “The world itself is a filthy monster.”
For these are all unclean spirits; especially those, however, who have no peace or rest, unless they see the world from the backside – the afterworldly!
To those do I say it to the face, although it sound unpleasantly: the world resembles humanity, in that it has a backside – so much is true!
There is in the world much filth: so much is true! But the world itself is not therefore a filthy monster!
There is wisdom in the fact that much in the world smells badly: loathing itself creates wings, and fountain-divining powers!
In the best there is still something to loathe; and the best is still something that must be overcome!-
O my brothers, there is much wisdom in the fact that much filth is in the world!
– from Thus Spake Zarathustra, Of Old and New Lawtables.