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Day 123: Why are we messy?

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I visited my favorite N-Ganesha temple recently and I had to use the public rest room, something which I usually avoid (as much as possible). Usually during my trip down to the temple, I avoid consuming water. However, this time, I had a couple of extra ounces than what my bladder could hold and it was also a cold day. You can surely understand!  So, as soon as I reached the temple, I thought it will be wise enough to use the rest room and then go to the temple. This rest room in this beautiful temple is present just below the temple and placed next to the space where we can leave our footwear/coats. There were about four rest rooms and three washbasins. Of the three, one was occupied and the others, vacant. I'm so sorry for the elaboration, but it is essential to indicate how of the three, all of them looked dirty in different ranking order. Either it was an un-flushed used toilet, or it was the ripped off toilet paper, or the toilet paper strewn all around. Why can't people keep their public rest rooms/wash rooms/bath rooms clean?  Why? Why do people do that ? It is a clean space and all you need to do is to throw the toilet paper inside and flush or on the close basket placed on the side of the wall. Why don't they use it? Would they do it in their own house? Sometimes, I think, for all the civic sense that is present here, we Indians (not generalizing as I know many many Indian folks who are very neat and clean) most often fail in this aspect. This is not my first time experience, however, I have seen this in every Indian populated space. Is this because, we are so used to this in India? Seeing people throw out the garbage, spit out, does that condition our nature to do the same at varied levels at places that are 'Indian'?  I don't know. I just don't understand this at all. How hard is it to make sure you flush the toilet or clean the seat before you walk out? It is common sense.

I really wish we, as human beings do not make it (the world) a messy place as it is both unhealthy and gross. It also conditions us and the future generation to throw litter around or be mindless of it. I still don't know why we do it, but I really wish we grow much better. Messy is not always good, especially when it is outside and in a public place. It is your (our) responsibility to ensure it is convenient for every other person. Probably a messy table or a kitchen space, or your office desk could turn you to be more creative, but a public space - a big no no! The others need not like or appreciate it the same way as you do! 
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