So there's this concept called "anal expulsive". I believe child psychologists use it to describe a certain phase of infant development where the youngster is resistant to wearing a diaper and basically defecates anywhere. This has been confirmed to my by parents of young children.
From what I understand, the child does not like the restriction of a diaper. It lacks freedom. It chafes. The child is not in control of their own body and how it feels. So, on an unconscious, dare I say primitive, level, the child will pull off the diaper and poop in the bed, on the floor, wherever. This is an attempt by the child to exert control over their environment. Yes, it is poop. Yes, it is smelly and stinky and gross and ever so disgusting. But the child does not see it that way. Sure, it may be stinky; but maybe "stinky" is something we are socially conditioned to perceive? I'd be willing to bet that the kid has no concept of "stink" and "filth" and "dirty" and "disgusting"; at least until the parent starts using those words with the accompanying tone when they discover the steaming pile.
No, I believe the accepted theory is that the child views the poop as a creation. It's a symbol of their freedom from diaper restraint. It's a symbol of their creative power. It's a symbol of their ability to shape and influence the environment around them, no matter what the effects truly are, no matter the consequences. It's a symbol of perceived mastery.
Now who else does this type of behavior remind you of?
Who else has a habit of shitting in the environment around them as an expression of control and influence in that environment, be it side effect or not? What species just seems to not be able to keep their diaper on and dispose of their crap correctly?
Let me be blunt. I think that for all our "civilization" and "progress", as a species we are just children shitting in the living room.
I am reminded of an old phrase: "Don't shit where you eat."
I think the wisdom in that phrase is pretty self-evident. Most societies on this planet don't have a problem not shitting where they eat, right? I mean, isn't one of the hallmarks of modern civilization supposed to be sewage and plumbing? We all agree we're not gonna shit where we eat; so we ship our shit somewhere else. (In the case of industry anymore, maybe not? Just dump it behind a fence in some suburban landfill.)
The point is, however, we are affecting the environment on a planetary scale. So unless we start piping the shit off the planet, which I am sure some braintrust is working on, we *are* shitting where we eat.
This planet is our one and only home. Every living thing is connected in the web of life and the cycle of seasons and death. We really are shitting where we eat. Just look at the beef industry.
One final thought for now: Fuck You to all those fucking scientists and futurists who want to terraform and colonize Mars and whatever other planet we can get our grubby hands on. Why don't we apply some of that brain power and cleverness to restoring balance here on Earth instead of fucking things up elsewhere?
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