I had three pieces of limestone on my desk, but I was terrified to find that they required to be dusted daily, when the furniture of my mind was all undusted still, and I threw them out the window in disgust. How, then, could I have a furnished house? I would rather sit in the open air, for no dust gathers on the grass, unless where man has broken ground.
We’ve got a number of uncontrolled fires burning in Southern California. It’s raining ash out of a darkened sky in Orange County, where I live, although we’re nowhere near the actual fires.
A colleague at work has a home in Rancho Cucamonga, near the largest fire. Yesterday, his wife was trying to salvage a few things before evacuating.
I was thinking, if I were in his situation, what would I want to save? A few photo albums maybe?
I’ve tried and failed for years to instill more of a Walden-like simplicity into my life, but it’s hard if you live with someone who tends to keep things forever, including the boxes they came in.
I read once about a primitive tribe that every year gathers all its possessions and burns them in an annual rite of renewal. This has always seemed like an appealing idea to me.
I feel like watching everything I own go up in flames (fully insured, of course) would not be a sad occasion at all — more like a rebirth . . .