Check out this load of dishes!
They've been piling up since I didn't get to them right after cooking about a week ago. My roommates have since helped to add to the clutter. 

There are dirty dishes. Somebody's got to do them.

There's a saying that spins around anarchist circles, "everyone wants a revolution but nobody wants to do the dishes." Nothing could ring truer in describing my years of living in community. And in a way, the same could be said about society in general. 

People use dishes without washing them. Dishes pile up. The sink overflows with dirty dishes so they cover the counters and stove. Nobody wants to clean the pile because "they're not all mine."

We sometimes approach society similarly. Poverty, inequity, homelessness, hunger, racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, heterosexism, xenophobia - these all exist, we see them all around us, overflowing the kitchen sink of our world, piling up on the counter and stove tops. So they are rare souls who confront this pile, sponge in hand, ready for the long, hard, dirty road ahead. Indeed it would seem as though cleaning dishes is the most revolutionary act of all! 

I hope to find myself in good company as the years pass, as I draw into community with fellow dishwashers, as I pursue the vision God has given me for the city of Chicago. Imagine...
 


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Matt
03/30/2011 16:27

You just need to do the dishes as you cook =)

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Rebekah
07/28/2011 19:23

I personally love doing dishes. I get a sense of supreme satisfaction in seeing them shiny and clean on the rack...It's the putting away of the dishes I never seem to get around to and then they get dirty again before they've even been used, just from being out and around on limited counter space...I hate that.

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carol
07/28/2011 20:01

There is something almost spiritual about doing dishes. The sudsy hot water - the methodical washing/rinsing/washing/rinsing. Your hands warm your entire body in winter, and in summer nothing looks better than a sparkling clean glass filled with iced tea. And best of all, is the chance to let your mind drift off - to daydream, or sing or listen to music. When you're done, you have a clean sink, clean dishes, and a wonderful sense of accomplishment that no dishwasher could ever give you.

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