I am eating a banana.
I am not eating it because it is good. I am eating it because it is going bad.
Here is my question. How do you stop eating a banana that is going bad? Who will eat it if you don’t?
To be clear, it is not bad yet. It is still yellow outside, only slightly brown spotted. Firm-ish, but not quite firm, and with that slightly sweet flavor of banana past its prime.
There is another banana-and-a-half on the banana hanger, part of the same bunch. When I am done with this one, I should probably eat those too. Soon. Because the longer I wait, the worse they will get, and the worse they get, the less likely they are to be eaten at all. You know?
They are fine bananas. Just a little past.
How many bananas do I have to eat to do my duty in this world?
I fetch the peanut butter from the pantry. If I put a smear of peanut butter on each bite as I eat it, probably it will taste better and I will not notice that I do not like the banana.
Well. The peanut butter is delicious, but it is not working.
I am eating a banana I do not like.
Do I throw away a good thing because it does not please me?
Do I wait for it to magically improve?