Filtering Decoded…

WaterdropI’m looking at my water just a little differently today.  Perhaps a better way of stating this is that I’m more than a little grateful for the water filter; a contraption that sits under my kitchen sink and has it’s own tap.

The technician who installed it tells us that it will filter out 95% of the contaminants that flow through the municipal water system and then proceeds to list a dizzying array of stuff such as rust, organic material, sediment, chlorine, and unpleasant odors.

This is the second water filtration system that I’ve had installed.  And I am always intrigued by the process.  The water flowing with vigor from my tap looks clean but there are some additives which I’d rather not imbibe.

I’m not threatened by the awful uncertainty that my water supply will make me sick in the way that so many individuals around the world are. The western world does not have to worry about water born diseases. Yet, many of us are concerned about the quality of our water.  A search on google for water filters turns up over 3+ Million hits!

Later that evening, I’m listening to the ABC evening news with Charlie Gibson.  A feature story  about water reveals that studies have documented, that in addition to the items the water filtration technician informed me about, there are also trace elements of many common over-the-counter and prescription drugs showing up in some municipal water systems.

According to the ABC News segment, these include:  anti-depressants, pain medications, anti-convalescents, sex hormones and mood stabilizers.

So, how are the drugs getting into our water systems? No one is entirely sure, but here is what some researchers surmise according to the AP Probe:

“People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The waste-water is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue.” (Quote from AP article)

Water is important primarily because it’s presence pervades every facet of our lives.  It is the primary component of the human body.  Without out it, we perish quickly.  Water sustains our thirst and it’s coolness soothes our fevered brows.  Water renews life on our planet and releases the grime from our physical bodies.  We relax within water.  Water courses through every element of life’s existence.

Water is powerful because it is ubiquitous.  It is present everywhere.  Yet only a small fraction of water on our planet is actually fit for human consumption.  And it is this water that we filter to ensure that when it enters our body, it nourishes and enhances the processes of life.

As I listen to Charlie, my mind plays around with another thought.  I’m thinking about how the incessant flow of information mirrors the role of water in our society.  It is also everywhere. We are continually bombarded by media generated messages wherever we turn….on the TV, Internet, newspapers, books, magazines, radio, billboards etc.

And we need to know.  For a planet which is battling all kinds of turmoil on every front economically, financially, culturally, philosophically, politically and militeraily is compelled by the need to be in constant communication.  But herein lies the implicit danger.  For not all information is fit for human consumption.  In fact most of it is arguably best ignored or ingested with caution.

I wonder how our lives might be enhanced if we treated what we listened to or looked at with the same level of caution that many now apply to what they drink?  What if we chose to filter out contaminants to our minds and emotions with the same disciplined precision with which we monitor the water filters in our homes.

It’s easy to think that this is not a big deal.  But just as the water from my tap may look clean yet carry elements which should be filtered out, the information which presents itself for acceptance to my mind must also be carefully examined.

Allowing our minds to be doused without placing our personal filter on the virulent negativity that runs rampant through the spigots which deliver our informational content is simply irresponsible and potentially dangerous.  The 95%  Negative Filtration Rule is great for my water and makes sense for Life as well!

Picture courtesy of Randy son of Robert on Flickr


One Response to “Filtering Decoded…”

  1. Jessi October 26, 2008 at 11:05 pm #

    “…Yet only a small fraction of water on our planet is actually fit for human consumption.” – unfortunately this is the sad truth.

    This line hit me and makes me support the Drink 1, Give 10 campaign by Volvic+UNICEF even more because it actually provides clean, drinking water (better quality) to children in Ethiopia for every Volvic water you drink []

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