“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” (Buddha)
“Although we take it for granted, sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human life span than any kind of drug or surgery.” (Deepak Chopra)
It was in the town of Sikasso, in one of the the communities early last week. I had dropped my wife off at a friend’s house for the afternoon. I picked her up later in the day and as we drove the 1 km up the dirt street to a main paved road in Sikasso, there they were: three girls about 18 yrs old, washing dishes. They were taking advantage of the little shade their court wall was making on the side of the road. There was maybe three feet of dirt space between their brick wall and the clay ditch that has black slimy grimy slop in it. They were washing dishes and setting them to dry on the rocks on the edge of the shallow dirt ditch, just inches from the slop.
“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” (Winston Churchill)
I said Lynn. “There you go…. a whole different understanding of sterilization and sanitation.”
“My suggestion is that we should first work to ensure the Third World has clean drinking water and sanitation.” (Bjorn Lomborg)
I don’t care who you are, or where you are…. that is not normal, even here. The ditch may be dirty, but the town water is treated… These girls had no need to wash their dishes and set them there to dry- it had nothing to do with access to clean water and sanitation. Like, what? “Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” (Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation). This is not being derogatory to “Africans”, it was highlighting the brain dead stupidity of three girls in a Malian city who DO know better. But……..! Stupidity is a cause…
“Surgeons can cut out everything except cause.” (Herbert M. Shelton)
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” (Hippocrates)
As far as health goes, now I have learned that it also matters what plate that food is served on too.