09 July 2005

Mint Green Analogies II

For The Benefit of Emily Platt

So if life is like a very long row of toothpaste tubes, should we be flossing? Dentists recommend it. It heads off gum disease. It is a simple precaution. But like most simple precautions - looking before we cross the street, walking with the kitchen knife pointed down, turning the television off during thunderstorms - it's inconvenient, and easy to ignore. And maybe obsessing about dental health is a little egotistical, if life is like a row of toothpaste tubes. Do you really want to be the asshole shooting for perfection?

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