Don’t use electrical appliances in water, we’re told, because water conducts electricity.

That’s not entirely true.

It depends on exactly what counts as water. We’re also told in science class that water is made up of two hydrogen atoms chemically bonded to one oxygen atom. If that’s what counts as “water,” then it doesn’t conduct electricity.

The water that we all know and love as something we wouldn’t dare have around our toasters and curling irons only conducts electricity to the extent that it is polluted with impurities.* Tap water generally has enough of these to make it dangerous.

Sometimes water is sold to us at a great profit based on the idea of it being “pure.” Again that definition is relative.

Electricity as an Analogy

Humans are 65% water (our brains 95% water), and our bodies conduct electricity. There is no such thing as a pure person, both in terms of our chemical makeup and otherwise.

Purity is a trait that’s often highly regarded in humans. Aside from the fact that it isn’t achievable, I say it’s not even a good goal. It’s boring. It doesn’t conduct electricity. Nothing happens. I much prefer people who have flaws and impurities. It matters very much what those are, but usually the right combination of them is what makes people interesting and compelling to be around. Further, the struggle of someone navigating and rising above certain of those “impurities” is most compelling of all. This is what it is to be human, and to share experiences, thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.

Pure, whether in thoughts or actions (or H2O), is overrated.

(* — Yes I know this is over simplified. It’s not intended as a treatise on water chemistry.)
[Administrative Note — I’ve discovered recently that for the past few months some comments have been getting sucked into the spam filter of this website and not posted. I am trying to look through and rescue them, but some may be lost. Very sorry about that.)

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