So today I am going to share a theory of mine, it has a lot to do with the picture. The picture shows a cup overflowing with water, I haven’t told you anything you don’t know so far, but what might be interesting is its relevance to our own nature; hence my theory:
My theory goes a little like this, (feel free to correct me if I am wrong), see, contrary to popular belief, our human capacity to consume is insanely small as compared to what we think it is. And whenever we gain excess of what we need, we waste it, either wholly or in-part by under utilizing it.
For example, if we are in a desert, aware about how scarce water is, and that death by dehydration is a reality that is measured in liters of water left. When time for prayer arrives the amount of water we would use to take ablution would be record low. Now come back to where we are now, where taking ablution is a mini wet and wild show in the bathroom. Let’s not even go as far as ablution, let’s look at just the simple act of brushing our teeth.
How does that work? Well legend has it that the customary ritual is to turn on the tap and let the water flow for 30 seconds while we look for the tooth brush and tooth paste, then put the tooth paste on the tooth brush and dip it in the running water at blinding speed that would make a rattle snake jealous, (we do this so it doesn’t wash away the paste). However, take a second to realize that during this whole process the actual amount of water that was needed was in that fraction of a second dip…I could go on, but you get the point.
Same applies for food, we can’t eat as much as we think we want to eat, and even when we try, it’s wasted in one way or another. Either directly by throwing away the left overs or stored as excess fat in our bodies. This applies to everything you may think of really, be it clothing, money, space (as in living area). In a way it makes me feel relaxed knowing that what I truly need is actually quite small and very easy to fulfill. I can’t say the same for the things I want though, but who can. 🙂
Love you all for the sake Allah