My Toothbrush is Holy

I am a big fan of demystifying churchey words, not because I am irreverent, but because I don’t want their effect to be lost.  So, “holy”.  I would describe “holy” as ‘designated for a particular purpose’.  People have holidays (holy-days) designated for remembrance of certain religiously significant events.  A holy day, or holy place, or a holy object, is simple one designated for a specific purpose.  You could say that a holy people is simply a group given a particular purpose.  Holiness is about purpose and focus.

So, my toothbrush is holy unto my mouth.  It does not get used by anyone else, or used for cleaning the toilet or the sink; it has a particular purpose, and that purpose serves as the framework for all the decisions made about it’s use.  That is holiness: a framework of purpose and focus through which all decisions are vetted and filtered.

2 thoughts on “My Toothbrush is Holy

    1. I recently heard somebody on Tim Ferriss’ use the phrase “constructive irreverence”, and I thought, “yeah, I could totally adopt that”. It’s the irony of getting farther toward the result you want while caring less. It’s the idea that in practical, everyday life it’s not enough to simply say things that are true, but instead, you must also say things that are truth-producing… and there are fewer rules about the words and tactics you use to produce truth. The main focus is to get to the end result as efficiently as possible, and that might be a pretty weird and wild path (think about the prophets of the Old Testament). Expectations might be shattered and sensibilities offended.

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