I once heard someone call someone a Trash can. Clearly, not Trash, but Trash Can.
And it really set me thinking.
Contents of a Trash Can, regardless of their origin, history, nature and value, are basically regarded as good-for-nothing or plain junk.
While being called "Trash", may have something to do with the thrower's concept of dirt clashing with the throwee's concept of right, wrong, and debatable, and the thrower's concept of beauty, misguided sense of high standards, inability to tolerate anything other than one's own opinion, and a very touchy Amygdala, being called a Trash Can is something else.
It says that one is then a fitting receptacle for everything useless and bad.
It describes an ability to mindlessly accept anything that is thrown at you. And a pathological inability to refuse. It could be really good useful things. But thrown at you as trash, they lose value. A trash can's job is to be available, open, and accepting. Sometimes it overflows, and causes problems, and dogs, scavengers, and others are known sometimes solve this peril of plenty. Cows in particular are excellent trash researchers.
Across the century, as potential and now confirmed Trash Cans, there has been so much physical imbibing of trash by us.
Harmful chemicals used in ripening fruits, and making them look so called color perfect. Which we so admire and eat, every season. Mindless marketing of leafy greens grown in suspect soils by the railway track, and an avid buying of these by those who think this is cheap.
Cooking substances cleverly adulterated by unscrupulous traders/manufacturers, and blindly used by an entire generation smitten by and taken in by ads, as metanil yellow, iron filings, sawdust , papaya seeds etc get a new life in your trash can anatomy.
Carcinogenic chemicals in shampoos, fragrances, deos and creams, which hide maliciously behind shining hair, bouncy silky hair, fairness creams , age controlling creams as they lather and dry, leaving all the bad stuff quietly behind.
Careless food labeling, unverified and unchecked , particularly where ready to eat fast food is concerned. A flood of trans fats, MSG and sodium, that hides behind fancy pictures, misleading advertising. Unscrupulous bottling of vague water , fancy labels, and selling to those , away from metros, desperate in thirst.
There is even more when someone is labelled a Trash Can.
Mental imbibing . Of Trash.
Mostly Pressure Trash .
The ability to accept random nonsense as gospel truth under pressure, mostly family and society related. A newly developed ability to close eyes and ears and mouth at important times, sometimes defying anatomy in the case of ears.
The ability to lose the use of logic, because you are seen to stand out in defiance.
The ability to accept wide ranging abuse, and and the capacity to hear about it being justified.
The tendency to listen to rumors and accept it as scientific fact.
The ability to stand as an onlooker, under some one's pressured teaching, when something terrible is happening to someone around you.
The ability to be part of a gutless herd , because it is fashionable to make sexist jokes, insult , and use shocking swear words , and to hell with everything and everyone else.
The list of Mental Trash is endless.
In a world where everyone wants quick results, status, and an attainment of some kind of dubious standards defined by someone selling something, be it false dreams or something concrete, it is so easy being a Trash Can.
Sometimes, the Body rebels, and sometimes the Mind. Of course this assumes that the Trash Can has a mind.
The body may sometimes be treated by the advances in science, at huge costs. The mind, already in Trash Can mode, is willing to accept it all.
When it is a question of the mind, the treatment is often very specific, involves many others, support systems, and observers. Sometimes medicines too. And it is all about remembering that you are the Trash can and not the voluminous Trash itself. And that, as in a real world, the Trash Can is to be emptied .
This is the age of cell phones and Apps. There is an App for everything.
I wonder if we as humans could download an App called "UnTrash" and install it somewhere in our brains.
Any Trash detected approaching you, and the App would ring alarm bells in your ears, and create an allergy on your skin. Should be so useful, given that most folks today walk around with earphones in their ears.
Nothing will stop someone from calling someone else a Trash Can. But then one can always be, an Intelligent Trash Can.
And you don't need to search or this Intelligent App on any Play Stores.
History says that the first Intelligent Trash Can happened way before Intel et al were born.
That was when we started the first compost pit.