Human beings are disgusting, nasty creatures.
Fluids exude from every orifice of our bodies. Our eyes run with water. Our ears flow with sticky wax. Our noses drip with mucus. Our skin becomes wet when we exert too much physical activity or when we become anxious. Our mouths spew particles into the air when we cough or sneeze. Our stomachs grumble when we are hungry and throws up the food when it is upset. We snort, burp, belch and pass gas.
We are walking, talking petri dishes of germs and disease and overall foulness.
However we make every effort to disguise how repulsive we are to the world and to others.
We bathe and wash our hair. We brush our teeth and clean our clothes. We cover our mouths and noses when we cough or sneeze. And we go to the extreme of using a separate room with a door when we need to relieve ourselves. We appear embarrassed if we snort, burp or pass gas in public.
The lengths we go to camouflage our revolting personal nature knows no bounds.
Yet while we are in a continual mode of self-disinfection, it would seem we are bound and determined to make the world around us as dirty and horrible as our true nature.
Recently, the members of the Cleveland Board of Aldermen were shocked to see images of the trash and refuge, which rain water and residential sewage, had carried to the city's pumping stations. Among the items washed into the system were rags and a pair of pantyhose. Keith Christopher, director of Inframark, which manages the city's sewer/water system, said the pantyhose had been flushed down a toilet and that around $50,000 had been spent on repairs during the rain.
Days later photos were sent to The Bolivar Commercial of two refrigerators dumped into a ditch filled with water. The photographer said numerous other large items could be seen throughout Bolivar County, strewn along roadways.
Why would anyone flush pantyhose down a toilet when logic dictates a wastebasket most likely existed somewhere in the home? Why would anyone push home appliances down an embankment when again logic dictates the items were most likely loaded onto a truck and could just as easily been taken to the county dump or the salvage yard?
But being the beastly creatures we are, we think nothing of dropping a cigarette package wrapper out a car window; throwing fast food bags into the street; or flinging aluminum cans into a neighbor's yard.
If we go to extremes to keep ourselves fresh and tidy, why would we not do the same for our surroundings?
We pay monthly to have a waste collection company pick up our household trash. The county has a landfill for larger items, like mattresses, appliances and tires. The city sponsors an Earth Day so residents can safely discard hazardous materials, such as oil, paint and batteries.
With all these options available to us, it amazes me that we still feel the need to make our surroundings ugly. Instead of wasting money, take a few extra minutes and dispose of your trash properly. It will keep the county, city and your neighborhoods more appealing for the joys of living.