Whilst walking with my mother down the road, my nose absorbed the smells of early summer around me. Trees, grass, dandelions, ponds, fiddleheads, blossoms, leaves. I could even smell a couple of robins as they flew passed and the pair of mallards that waddled away in alarm at our approach. These lovely, beautiful, pure scents sunk deep into my skin.
And I realized that humans stink.
We do. We smell.
It’s not that as animals we stink, but as manipulators of chemicals and unnatural elements. We make things, use things that reek to high heaven. As we pass through our daily lives in our hopelessly junk-filled, too-large homes, we fail to recognize the stench we live in.
But when (or in some terribly sad cases, if) we exit our disgusting homes and enter a place of tranquility, a place full of only natural elements, we realize all the smelly objects we use every day.
Perfume. Why do we bother wearing something to try to replicate a flower or a baking ingredient? It barely passes to smell like bug spray, and it hardly alludes to the scent we are aiming for. Those rose buds, not even bloomed yet, smell far better…and more real.
Furniture. Okay, maybe not the homemade, hand-loved hardwood tables and chairs, inherited through the decades, but the Leon-boughten upholstery and awful synthetic fabric appalls my nose. It’s stuffy and wrong…and unnatural. I’m offended at the poor attempts of floral patterning.
Dry wall. Maybe I’m the only one here, but I can smell dry wall, especially when entering from a lovely walk in the woods/fields. It’s unwelcoming, claustrophobic to my nose and simply is unappealing.
Even our food stinks. Our food is especially revolting. And here you are, ma’am, a full plate of preservative-soaked pasta with a can of salt mixed to perfection with some chemicals that we’re not allowed to reveal. For dessert, how about a lovely sugar-infested cake that makes you cringe because it’s so sweet?
Ewwww. Nature did not intend for us to be eating these sickly, smelly things, or to be around objects like dry wall and cheap perfume.
We’re all brainwashed. All of us. They’ve managed to convince us that we’re the ones who’re smelly and that we need to buy more smelly things to remedy that. Here, have some Orange Grove deodorant and some Apple Blossom body spray. The label guarantees authenticity in its scent.
Your deodorant does not smell like an orange grove! It smells like chemicals disguised with bug spray!
As I strode among budding maples and birches, I even became disgusted at the gum I was chewing. It just tasted so fake compared to all this realness around me. But isn’t that what our society is? Fake? Fake hair, fake teeth, fake tan, fake name, fake friends, fake food.
Oh, woe behold us. There is all this beauty around us — did you know you can smell tadpoles? or maybe it’s just the pond itself I’m smelling — that is pure and clean, and what are we doing? Buying perfume, eating chemicals, and killing our noses.
If you live in the countryside, like me, you’ll be able to escape the awful human smell around, but for city-dwellers…it might be time for a day-trip.
Humans stink. And we shouldn’t.