A moth in my bathroom taught me this harsh lesson recently.
I was going to take a shower when I noticed it in the shower stall. At first, seeing a small brown lump on the floor, I thought it was a piece of rubbish.
But part of my mind considered that it might be a moth.
Even as I started to turn on the shower, a few options flashed through my mind.
- Investigate it.
- Heck care it. Just let it wash down the drain.
- Clear it or it will clog up the drain cover.
- Scare it away in case it’s a moth cos I don’t want to drown it.
As I mulled over my options casually, not really caring very much really, I turned on the shower.
And then turned it off abruptly again.
I really didn’t want to drown a moth. If it were a moth, it would definitely get wet and then get stuck to the bathroom floor and eventually follow the flow of water to the drain cover.
I bent down and looked at it.
It was a moth! And quite a pretty one. Medium brown with pretty dark brown patterns around the edges of its wings.
It fluttered weakly once and then stopped. It looked dead. I couldn’t be sure if the flutter was due to my movement or because it was alive.
“Boo!” I said to it, hoping it would get scared and fly off.
Nothing. It remained motionless.
I scrunched up a bunch of toilet paper, then gently picked up the moth with the toilet paper.
When I turned the toilet paper around to look at it, I saw it had clung its legs around the folds of the paper. But it was still motionless.
Not quite knowing how to deal with it, I placed the whole ball in the rubbish bin, with the moth facing up. I hoped it was still alive and would fly off to safety by itself.
I went to take my shower.
And that was when it struck me that the moth’s prettiness had saved its life, if it were alive to begin with.
I have washed lesser insects that are small, puny and ugly, down the drain, without thinking. It’s like those insects deserve to die because they’re ugly.
I might even allow a plain or ugly-looking moth to die, but I couldn’t allow a pretty moth to die.
I am so shallow!! =(
And I think this applies to people in some ways. We have a tendency to subconsciously treat attractive people with more respect and care, as if less attractive people deserved less.
I often hear people cursing other people when inconvenienced.
“Ugly bitch! Block my way and make me miss my train! I hope you fall down!”
I think people would be less likely to curse if the person blocking them were an Angelina Jolie lookalike.
It’s so unfair and it made me sad thinking about this.
I felt guilty for all the times I had killed insects because they weren’t pretty. But I think I will probably do it again because ugly insects gross me out.
By the time I finished my shower, the moth had disappeared from the ball of tissue paper. Yay! It had flown off to safety. Or so I hoped. I couldn’t see it anywhere in the bathroom.
I hope Morty didn’t eat it.
7 thoughts on “If you’re not beautiful you will die”
but morty isn’t pretty and u didn’t flush it down…
Well at least I don’t stereotype.. I kill all bugs regardless. You may have less of a headache if you do the same :)
Iif we were all blind for a day, perhaps we would find beauty in the things we can’t see. Thats where true beauty is anyway.
yes, being pretty has its advantage, but i will still cursed you if you block my way when I exit the train even if you are Angelina Jolie
Good post. Looks bring you places, but inner beauty will last the journey. Thanks for not killing an insect.
Mayb u should consider killing ugly insects only when they offended u in any way such as trying to “attack” u, besides grossing u out. Imagine how poor thing it is if the ugly insect only pass by and not intending to harm u in any way…
tvb: Morty is cute! Why would I want to flush it down?
Kerr: Erm… I dont’ like killing bugs in the first place. I let someone do for me. :P
RLM: I like how people redefine the meaning of beauty all the time.
tiger: Haha… yeah right.
STUMPBO: Morty is doing great. But still as jumpy as ever. Refuses to stick around and let me play with him, always run into hiding when I walk into the toilet :(
Precish: I only kill ants and mosquitoes. They annoy me. I don’t dare to touch the bigger insects and always hope they’ll just go away.