More than once, it’s ended in death. And, it unfolds in millions of households every day.
Take a look toward the middle. Yep, see the knife blade sticking straight up. How many of you have been mildly stabbed by similar silverware set-ups?
We’ve all had certain daily wisdom passed down to us. Little gems we’ve never bothered questioning or testing, because “that’s just the way you do it.”
It’s pretty standard conventional wisdom that utensils go into the cutlery basket in the dishwasher with the handles toward the bottom. Why? Depends who you ask…if you’ve ever asked.
Some folks will tell you it’s because then the food-end gets the best washing and anything left slides down and away from the eating surface during the drying process. Others say it’s because the handle sides are slimmer allowing you to jam more into the basket.
But, what about the knives?
In many households, they just got lumped into the rest of the conventional utensil wisdom. Nobody asked if there were or should be special rules for these far more dangerous implements. Actually, the only time I’ve heard separate rules is in the context of keeping them completely out of the dishwasher because of the risk of in some way de-tempering the blades of fine knives.
So, for the most part, when they end up going into the basket, they go in just like all the other utensils, business-end up. Regardless of how little sense it makes. Because that’s just what’s always been done.
But, this post isn’t about knives, it’s about lives…
It’s about how often we go through life accepting the conventions, decisions, rules and constraints that’ve been handed down by people closest to us and the society around us.
And, how outright wrong, out-moded, outlandish and downright dangerous they can be when applied by rote, with neither knowledge of, nor care about the origins of all those bits of wisdom designed to make our lives more certain.
So, here’s my challenge for you today….
As you find your way through the next 24 hours, question the basic rules, assumptions, limitations and contstraints that guide your daily behavior. Ask if they are guided by true wisdom or, more likely, the desire to not have too think to much about what you’re doing?
Because, all too often…
Conventional wisdom is just another name for living without decision or presence.
And, if the answer’s the latter, it may be time for a little de-fogging.
What direction do the knives face in your abode?
And, what other things do you do all the time without knowing why?
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