Trash Talking


I call future and past the wastebasket of time.  Neither future nor your personal past exists as literal fact:  the former hasn’t happened, and the latter is finished, over with, was, but isn’t anymore.

Much, or perhaps most conversation you hear or indulge in concerns a future or past. However, conversations about the future or past are valueless: the past is dead and gone; and the future is nonexistent, potential at best. I refer to these conversations* as trash talking, because like trash, they have no beneficial value to us or to others. Trash talk often involves sharing trash feelings. For example, anxiety, worry, fear concern the future, while guilt, shame, depression, and anger deal with the past. In both cases, speakers are ignoring the present moment – the only place that exists for us to make change and engage in life.

The Master of Christianity said that what comes out of our mouths defiles us more than what we take in (though we can’t discount the effects of taking in unclean food described in the Torah).  This trash talking is defilement is in need of attention.  It is unsanitary, unhealthy, insane (which is to mean, not clean). In this way, trash talking is as destructive and toxic as made-man environmental disasters such as fracking, strip-mining, nuclear plant meltdowns.