Thursday, October 1, 2009
Ben Franklin's Virtues: Cleanliness
Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
I pause for a moment to honor the fact that in Ben Franklin's time, bathtubs did not exist.
LOL! Time for a slightly lighter virtue.
We can pat our society on the back for advancing to a point where, compared to colonial folk, we are ALL models of cleanliness.
Pigs do not trot in and out of our dwellings. Under ordinary circumstances, our homes are free of animal poop.
Gentlemen no longer cover the floors with tobacco-spittle.
We wash our clothes after wearing them only once. This would have been almost impossible in Ben's time, working with washboards and primitive forms of soap.
Many of us wear deodorant that prevents us from developing even one day's worth of body odor.
We brush our teeth. With toothpaste. Every day. Most of us do not have a mouthful of rotting teeth to perfume the air around us.
Compared to Ben's friends, we are preternaturally clean.
So, here's our frivolous question of the day. Let's say that for some bizarre reason, you have to choose for all humanity to cease one form of cleanliness.
1) Never wash our clothes again, and own only two outfits, as in colonial times.
2) Never take a bath again.
3) Never brush our teeth again.
4) Never clean our homes again. That means no cleaning. None. No cleaning toilets, no cleaning food spills in the kitchen, etc., etc. Any form of soil in the home must stay. I'll still allow you the removal of garbage if you choose this option.
What is your terrible choice? :-)