Immediate proof

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Feiko Beckers

When my girlfriend saw me do the dishes for the first time she was horrified. Because I wash the dishes like most Dutch people do. I scrub them with a sponge in a tub of hot soapy water. And then I dry them off with a towel. Without ever rinsing them.
      According to my girlfriend that’s wrong. And she could be right about that. I’ve spent the last ten years of my life discovering that for the first twenty years of my life, I did a lot of things incorrectly.

Still I’m doubting. Because you can tell people they’re doing something wrong, but as long as you don’t have any direct proof for that, it remains up for discussion. Because where’s the actual proof that my way of washing dishes causes any harm?

That’s also why it’s nice when there is immediate proof. Once for example I saw a friend of mine about to eat a croissant with a pickled herring inside. Obviously that’s wrong. And that’s also what I told her. Still I didn’t stop her. I actually encouraged her to eat it.
      “Why do you want me to eat it when you also tell me it’s wrong?” She asked me.
      “Because it’s not until after you eat it that we will have definite proof it was a bad idea.” I told her.

Photo: Lev Ilizirov

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