Earlier this week a fresh round of talks kicked off in Vienna between Iran and world powers. There’s a lot at stake and, apparently, a lot to talk about.
The news on Monday morning could be summed up like this:
An Iranian official talked with an atomic energy official before other Iranian officials talked with other atomic energy officials the day before Iranian officials were due to talk with other officials in the lead up to talks between yet more Iranian officials and other officials scheduled for the coming days.
I kid you not.
The thing is, the driving forces behind the chatter are world leaders and if the best form of leadership is by example then what are we, the common folk, supposed to make of it?
If all this talking can resolve a weighty issue like concerns over nuclear proliferation just think what it could do for the more mundane trials and tribulations in life.
Perhaps the next time you and your significant other are trying to decide who gets to wash up and who deals with the laundry you could suggest talking about it instead. A preliminary meeting might negotiate the schedule for say, two further get-together sessions during which you could look at all aspects of the tasks at hand, weigh the pros and cons, and above all, talk.
By the end of the first round of talks you should have at least agreed on the things you don’t agree on, such as the whether or not putting clothes through a spin cycle is considered enriched laundry and just what is the half-life of pasta dregs at which point their removal falls into the more general category of kitchen cleaning?
Objective experts in the form of friends and acquaintances might be drawn in to advise each of you individually as well as together and to discuss if your housekeeping is within the accepted norms of civil, and civilian, safe practice. There is no denying that wet clothes are water-heavy and have the additional danger of potential leaks along the way to the washing line. Protective clothing, aprons and rubber gloves in particular are need when rinsing dishes with hot water. Laundry, it might be argued, can be removed to an outside site to be processed at a laundromat and then returned in a clean, harmless state. By contrast, scrubbing the dishes can really only be done on site. Does washing include putting away? How does stacking plates compare with folding underwear?
And the more you talk the more there will be to talk about because the laundry pile will grow as the dishes stack up. Bits of cornflakes will become spot-wielded to the cereal bowl and last week’s socks will be tantamount to a radioactive hazard. Eventually the piles will be too big to contemplate dealing with. And then you’ll really have something to talk about.