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June 27th, 2008

Maymories

Have you ever noticed the clear introspection that hard cleaning offers? Imagine if you have no outer stimulation… no music from your lost mp3 player, no Quantum Leap, no Smallville, no movies, nothing.  It’s just you, a brush and a sponge, and the grime in your bathtub.

 You don’t just scrub that stuff off… you scrub your soul.

 Don’t believe me? Clean your oven this weekend.  Scrub your toilet, cleanse your shower, degrease your sink.  When it is you and the purification of your domicile, you will be amazed at the dialogue/recollection that occurs as you near Cleanliness.

“Emptiness is loneliness, and loneliness is cleanliness
And cleanliness is godliness, and god is empty just like me”
-bald guy from the Halloween Vandal Band that smashes pumpkins

3 Responses to “Maymories”

  1. Chris Says:

    While their website is particularly impossible to read (really, what Japanese-based English-version website isn’t?) there’s a Japanese religious group dedicated to cleaning. This is their enlightenment - doing menial tasks for others.

    Most famously they clean toilets, but they’re also apparently amazingly good at most other sorts of cleaning. I read a story written by one woman who went to live with them for a month, and she found that when she was tasked with sweeping leaves off of grass she could never do it properly, but the members of the order moved behind her and swept whatever it was she missed out on.

  2. Chris Says:

    Post Script -

    Dishwashing. When I washed dishes for 3 hours, especially if by myself or with only one other person and keep busy, I found that I could think of story ideas and characters and run complex, involved conversations between said characters through my mind while focusing on “unload plates, move cups, grab trays” in the real world.

    Doing the laundry and mopping, however, tend to make me want to sing.

  3. admin Says:

    There you go, folks. Objective, verified proof of my ramblings’ authenticity. Thanks, Chris!

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