Some say it’s education.
Some say it’s death.
Some say it’s a gun.
I suppose I understand why some would think these things would level the playing field. After all, if we all received the same amount of education then we would all have the same job opportunities and be paid the same, right? Yeah, not so much.
And death. No one can out run death. Even those who freeze their heads have to die first and there’s really no guarantee they’ll be woken up any time soon. But then again there’s a big difference between dying alone and scared in a hospice somewhere than in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
What about a gun? We all have the right to bear arms in this country. To protect what’s ours. But what about all of those who do not have the heart or will to fire upon a fellow human being? Is giving them a gun actually going to do anything? Probably not.
So what is the great equalizer?
In my humble opinion, it’s shit or more specifically needing to take a shit.
It does not matter what race you are, or your age, or your gender, or even how much money you have. At some point throughout the day you will need to stop what you’re doing and take a shit.
And it will stink.
There’s really no escaping the inevitable.
Think about all those fancy, palatial mansions around the country with all of their fancy, well-appointed bathrooms. Somehow we get the impression they are there so that the fine people who live in the house can take awesome showers and baths or get ready in the morning. We forget about the toilet in the corner.
Hell, some toilets are even given their own rooms within the bathroom. Did the architects really think that was going to stop the smell?
Okay, I’ll admit I don’t really want to give much thought to taking a shit. It’s something most people need privacy for. Well, except for those you come across in public who seem to not care that they are taking a dump in a room full of strangers. But there are emergencies, more so now because we all might as well be eating shit most of the time.
Garbage In, Garbage Out applies to more than just computers.
So what’s the take away here?
The next time I feel hostile or jealous toward someone for having more than me all I have to do is remember that they had to stop and take a shit just like me that morning.
Oh, and probably more importantly instead of worrying about everyone else and what they have, maybe I should just worry about my own shit.