Transcript, Common Sayings Explained in Lecture To A Group Who Lacks Intuitive Grasping of Allegorical Concepts Series: “Shitting Where We Eat”
I suppose as a precursor it will be useful to say that this particular idiom is applicable literally, unlike last week’s topic of throwing stones in glass houses which was derailed by the most literal-minded of you, particularly those in the engineering and physical sciences, due to issues of structural integrity and visualization. Of course, being a group who lacks intuitive grasping of allegorical concepts I do not think makes you socially blind to the fact that shitting where you eat is considered wrong. The real question is why is it wrong? If a metaphor works truly, it makes even more sense the more you think about it, as you make connections that apply to both the literal meaning and the figurative meaning.
I believe we’ve all indulged in a half-finished brownie or casual bag of Skittles while on the toilet – let those without sin throw the first stone – but that doesn’t – och! No! Stop, literal-minded thinkers of the engineering and physical sciences! Do not throw stones at this time! What I meant to say is that the private, minor snack-while-squat, although considered distasteful, does not reach the level of abhorrence of defecating in the kitchen, or of the ultimate extreme, as you would see in a disoriented hobo, of the same room as kitchen and toilet.
What? Hobos are not like that? I would say “bum”? Hobos ride the rails? The correct terminology of the chronically homeless is not important right now. What? No, it’s not important. No. It’s not.
My point is that there is a deep and societal meaning here. The obvious concerns about health and germs are the reasons for disgust at literally eating where we shit, but in the figurative meaning, the “germs” are social contaminants or dirty realities we wish others not to see. There is a subtle layer of difference, though, between the “shitting where we eat” and the “skeletons in the closet,” somewhere closer to the “airing out dirty laundry.”
Shitting and eating are both natural, biological needs. Yet one is an occasion for eager anticipation and planning and pleasure – hm? Which, for your notes? Eating. Eating is an occasion for eager anticipation and planning and pleasure and fellowship. Eating is an excuse and expectation for socialization. It’s something we do in public at almost every occasion. Allegorically, then, it represents the things we do that are in full view of others, which we are not ashamed to do. Such as we put on the Facebook.
And the “shitting,” then is things we would want to keep private. What’s that? A previously-ascribed criterion for the variable has not yet been applied? Are computer programmers in here? Ah, welcome then, welcome. You are correct. The criterion I mentioned earlier was that both things are “natural” needs. So in that case, an “eating” would be, say, the normal social needs in society such as going to work, having a group of friends, getting married and having children if desired, etc. These are human social needs on the grand scale it is perfectly acceptable and enjoyable to show and fulfill among others.
Ah, so what would the “shitting” be? Well. Hm. In that case, in the lens of human needs on the grand scale, I suppose, it would be the needs of the private self that shouldn’t be seen: the tasks and companionship, but of kind that should not be seen by anyone. Like sex, although that would be assumed in the “eating” if it’s sex with a loved one or friend. So, I guess, it would be sex with the prostitutes. Or sex of a debauched nature that is rightfully abhorrent even to the self, the kind that is a crime to the human self. Maybe some furrydom or vore. What else? Drugs, I suppose. Marijuana and alcohol is often acceptable in groups, so it would be the such as freebase cocaine and heroin, that kind of thing.
These are the natural needs of a person, the saying seems to imply, who must project an outwardly social and happy life of family and work while their inner private self demands, just as necessary, an uncontrollable sexual release considered dark, and numbing substances of a high-grade caliber. The relationship of “eating” and “shitting” implies displaying a face that allows you to live your disheartened life long enough to feel you are not monster until time arrives to carry out your true, unstoppable release elsewhere. All mankind is thus cast as a two-headed beast of defecation-like lust with a macabre mask.
In retrospect, this idiom is a bit psychopathic, and really dark. It’s possible you were better off.