A Bristly Topic

How to Cope with Stail Things

During the early 21st century, the brush became extinct. What had been a useful and worthy item became less and less seen and known. The last brushes to be observed were stowed upside down on builders’ wagons.

The demise of the brush came about because people forgot how to use it. Young people had little idea which way to hold the brush. Older people merely leant on brushes.

Of course, there is really no need for anyone to own a brush these days. Our streets and pavements are so clean. Dust is a thing of the past. Dirt is a miraculous substance (it no longer needs collecting for disposal). Unseen by most people these days, it disappears of its own accord. People treat dirt with nice scents nowadays. Apparently, that is all that is required.

Streets and boulevards, roads and avenues, drives and closes, courts and squares look really nice these days in their layers of invisible dust and filth. The layers add substance and character to many areas. Even the most expensive properties are enhanced by this and that – of course – makes everything okay for everybody.

Before brushes became extinct, people generally knew how to use them. Worthy neighbours and burghers would sweep vigorously in front of their homes (and sometimes behind them too). This was done for fun and exercise and neighbourly chats with one another. This communication with others members of humanity led to good feelings. The brush was the symbol that you were “up for a chat”. In some areas, the dust collected would even be placed in a dustbin.

Nowadays, there is no need for any of this. We don’t need brushes and obviously, we don’t want to talk, and we don’t want fun (especially if it has any latent purpose). Do dustbins ever contain dust nowadays?

Sadly, tiny brushes that have no real use are now on sale. These are mere keepsakes, designed to collect dust. Thus they unconsciously annoy people.

Only yesterday, I saw several large and sad sweeping brushes for sale. They lay neglected in their holders in the shop. Their bristles fated never to taste the pavement and their stails never to feel the palm of a beloved friend.

Sad really.

So for the sake of exercise, neighbourliness and civic pride, if you could, procure and hold tenderly one of these old brushes on a weekly basis. Such actions will give a brush a chance to thrive, especially if the brush can be used as an intermediary to introduce dust to a shovel.

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