Speaking to a lot of people on this subject, one question that arises is the matter of cleanliness and how we all have different perspectives and definitions for this.
Firstly understanding the difference between clean and dirty.
Clean is defined as: free from dirt or unwanted matter.
Dirty is defined as: marked with an unclean (dirty) or unwanted substance.
To clean one thing would mean to get another thing dirty, usually until the unwanted matter is washed away. Therefore it is important to mention here that everything has a place, for example dirt belongs in the ground, and is therefore dirty, however the dirt could have the perfect constitution and be free from any unwanted matter and therefore be clean dirt.
Similar to poo, which is good when inside your body, but when clinging on to your ring would be classed as unwanted matter and therefore dirty. I would like to reiterate that when using toilet paper to wipe after pooping there is still a high chance of unwanted matter until the region has been washed with water. May you be dirty right now?
Another example is sweat, also known as B.O or body odour that is generally seen as a negative term. It is natural to sweat and sweat contains pheromones (which are basically hormones acting for you outside of your body where you are attracted to smells that resonate with you and others are attracted to smells that resonate with them.)
Sweat is bodily fluid that gives feedback of ones internal environment. So could an unnatural body odour represent an unnatural diet coming from an unnatural food system in our society?
For example I notice a great difference in the smell of my sweat the days after eating lots of meat or drinking lots of alcohol, listening to this feedback I have reduced the consumption of these things.
So one could clean themselves and be free from unwanted matter, then sweat, but it depends on if they embody or own their own scent as to whether they would class themselves as dirty. Then other people would have their own view as to whether they believe that persons smell is palatable to them or not and if they think they are clean or dirty.
This can be applied to most of our bodily fluids, snot, spit and urine that are clean when safely in the nose, mouth or bladder but the second they leave the body they can be classed as dirty.
However it is important to understand that they are predominantly bodily feedback mechanisms, and by looking at them when they do leave our body can help better understand our internal workings. For example if ones wee is yellow then they are dehydrated, or if one has excess snot then this may mean they are consuming too much mucus producing foods such as dairy.
I am trying to say that we may be missing out on important internal information if we instantly discard our bodily fluids as dirty and don’t take a moment to reflect on what information they could be giving us. The same goes for poo, for example dutch toilets are designed with an “inspection shelf” so that people can inspect their stools for signs of internal issues, when we usually cover it up with toilet paper, another benefit of the bumgun!
A final point is questioning how we pursue cleanliness, which is a lack of dirt, when without dirt we would literally have nothing, no garden, no flowers, shrubs, trees, animals and especially no food. I would like to promote being tidy, which is having things in order, which is the arrangement of things according to a particular pattern.
And it is up to us to find the best pattern.