Ap·ple-pie or·der (n): perfect order or neatness.
When I read today’s definition, I realized I had no recollection or information on this terminology, and since I am a writer on the Internet, I am fully qualified to expound on it in great detail.
For I will tell you–I like the phrase “apple-pie order,” and I realize that it is never used in our generation simply because we find that a certain amount of disarray is necessary to convey our individuality.
If you want to lose friends and not influence people, just suggest they initiate organization. It is the classic definition of “buzz kill.”
Because even though people cannot argue with your assertion that a certain amount of prioritizing is essential, they feel very American and freedom-minded by continuing their chaos in bliss.
What is the apple-pie order of life? Does it vary from one situation to another? Or has the evolution of the human experience shown us exactly how we work best?
I think that we, as human beings, are heart, soul, mind and body creatures.
When we make our decisions based on our bodies, we normally end up in some derivation of excess or hedonism.
If we decide our life goal based on what we think, we borrow too much from our training and parents’ philosophy and never gain our own sense of purpose.
Even those who feel they’re very spiritual by promoting prayer and God-seeking in the forefront tend to sprout too much piety and not enough practicality.
So we must begin with the heart. If we don’t deal with our feelings and rectify them with reality, they will hang around and kick us in the butt if we turn our backs.
So I think the apple-pie order when attempting to place things in a realistic framework is to start out with:
- What do I feel about this?
- Is there abiding knowledge or wisdom on the issue?
- Can I think of a way to take what I’ve just discovered about my feelings and universal truth and come up with a great idea?
- Can I motivate this old bod that I’ve carried around and encourage it to perform the functions that make me appear adept instead of inept?
So it turns out that the apple-pie order is so much like the dessert itself: it works better if you take some time to seek out an a la mode.
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