Once, unless you lived right next to a stream, for instance, bathing was a bother.
And even if you did live next to a steam, it might have been a bother.
Just removing voluminous clothes would have been a bother.
So, bathing regularly wasn’t a societal ‘meme’ – until it became easy, and was thought to promote good health. The Wikipedia History of bathing entry is beautifully entertaining – Wikipedia at it’s best.
Bathing has become SO easy nowadays, we are doing it too much.
We are pushing cleanliness over the top – to our detriment.
Science Suggests You Should Not Shower Every Day Anymore
- The top layer of your skin is composed of dead skin cells that protect underlying skin layers
- The top layer is held together by fats or lipids that are responsible for moisture
- Whenever you shower and scrub, you’re breaking this layer apart
- The more showers you take, the more damage occurs in top layer
- Due to frequent showers, your skin has less time to repair and recover through natural oil production
- It prevents “good” bacteria from growing on your skin. This good bacteria is beneficial for protecting your skin and your body from infections
- It’s bad for your hair too. Negative consequences include dry, dull hair that is prone to dandruff. In some cases, hair can become greasy as scalp tries to overcompensate for dryness
Not only do we now bathe too much, we have this concept of ‘bathing’ inside is too!
Why we fell for clean eating Long article worth reading.
Clean eating – whether it is called that or not – is perhaps best seen as a dysfunctional response to a still more dysfunctional food supply: a dream of purity in a toxic world. To walk into a modern western supermarket is to be assailed by aisle upon aisle of salty, oily snacks and sugary cereals, of “bread” that has been neither proved nor fermented, of cheap, sweetened drinks and meat from animals kept in inhumane conditions.
Among other things, clean eating confirms how vulnerable and lost millions of us feel about diet – which really means how lost we feel about our own bodies. We are so unmoored that we will put our faith in any master who promises us that we, too, can become pure and good.
We are pushing the meme of cleanliness and bathing too far. It is even embedded in our minds in the concept of being ‘politically correct’ – speaking clean!
Yet, with all this cleanliness about, the thing that is becoming dirtier and dirtier as we are able SO EASILY to spread fake ‘germs’ on the Internet, is POLITICS!
The humans on this strange planet are still a dirty bunch, are they not?