Trigger Questions

Are you the beetle or the dung?

Trigger Question #139 — reading time: about 1.6 minutes

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I have become a dung beetle.

Almost every morning, two German Shepherds pull me on a hike in a local park. They are both shelter dogs, rescued dogs, or whatever the current polite term is.

What this means is that they were already fully formed when they joined our pack. They are just as determined to train me as I am to train them. So far, I have taught them to sit and to stay. But I have failed at getting them to sit and stay on a potty. Hence me playing the dung beetle role. They make the dung. I beetle it away. They have trained me well.

Of course, this reminds me of “my hike in the African bush”, where I saw lots of dung baking in the sun. And many dung beetles. Unlike me, they were very keen on the dung.

It also reminds me of the many dungsters (ha!) I have work with. And the too few beetles (bless them) who cleaned up as best they could.

But here’s what still worries me. When is it dung and when is it something useful? Or in polite-speak, when is it nonsense and when is it sense?

And who decides which is which?

Well, you do!

And I do.

Because what is dung to me might be… What is nonsense to me might make sense to you. And vice versa.

Which is why you (and I) should always check in with others. If you cannot convince them that what you see is clearly dung, then you have two options:

  • Try to see it their way (with apologies to The Beatles, if you are a music nerd).
  • Be the dung beetle.

Remember, sometimes you are the beetle. And sometimes you are the… I mean, sometimes you make the dung. That’s just the way it is.

(If you are wondering… “try to see it my way” is from the song We Can Work It Out by The Beatles. Working it out together is exactly what you should do about nonsense.)

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.