Compulsive? Blame Modernity.
Modern technology makes us all obsessive-compulsive.
Do you think the Lasceaux painters cared if their brushes were lined up in size order? No. They were just happy their brushes were still there.
Because that meant there wasn’t a bear in the cave eating them.
But now, I think we’re all compulsive.
Yes, you. Even if you think you’re not.
And I don’t just mean organization. There’s a difference between putting your keys in the same place when you come in, and it making you crazy if you don’t fix it when microwave timer is stopped with a few seconds left.
Doing that with your keys makes sense. Doing that with the microwave doesn’t. But if my office is any example of normal behavior (and despite the chorus of “IT ISN’T!” I hear) I argue that this is in all of us.
Come on. You do that with the microwave, don’t you?
Do you care if you load the dishwasher front to back or back to front?
Do you care if you put the toilet paper on the roll with the tail on top or underneath?
Do you care if the toothpaste tube is folded or just squished?
Why do we care about this stuff?Are we really so refined that there’s nothing more important left to fuss about? What’s going on in our heads?
And c’mon. What’s your meaninglessly trivial obsession?