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Cleanliness

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Being clean means something a little bit different to everyone. For some it means showering or bathing every day, or more; for some it means once a week or once a month with water. And for some doesn’t mean bathing at all in the west’s traditional sense. Clean may also mean sharpness of execution or winning everything or a strictly defined end or break. The one thing all these types of clean or cleanliness have in common is the idea of edges, of sharp differences between one state and another. This doesn’t necessarily mean that one state is better than another, just that there are perceived stark delineations between the two states. As tends to be the case, we assign positive and negative values to the cleanliness concept; clean/unclean itself is something judged by parties not cognizant of the circumstances. These attitudes do not allow for any of the gradients or degrees implicit in everything to do with life and the living of it. If there is a clean break in a relationship of some kind the assumption is that there will be no contact whatsoever between the parties and this is very rarely the case. If there is a clean sweep in a political contest or any other kind of contest there are sure to be fits and starts, not smooth sailing to an uncontested victory. And if the execution of a task appears clean, sharp, and flawless, undoubtedly there was much blood, sweat, and tears spent to present the end product. Physical cleanliness can be viewed in the same manner. A person or object may appear to be less than clean, but may, in fact, be completely sterile while a person who appears undeniably clean may be crawling with unsanitary microbes. Which brings us to judging by appearances: it is never a good idea to look, assume, and judge. Only knowledge gained by studying the circumstances can inform you of the cleanliness of an object or event. Should you make uninformed judgements or search for the truth of a matter before judging?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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