Rule #7: Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Posted: January 22, 2012 in The Rules
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Rule #7: Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Now, I’ve never fully comprehended the meaning of this phrase except to figure that a complete clean freak wanted everyone around him or her to feel bad for not keeping themselves or their home clean.  I’m all for a tidy home and for regular bathing but I’m not a Nazi about it and chances are, if you drop in unexpectedly, I’ll have wish I had vacuumed, picked up some stray socks, and piled up the weeks junk mail that gets strewn across my dining room table.

The reason I have chosen “Cleanliness is Next to Godliness” as our 7th rule is, come the zombie apocalypse it’ll be a lot easier to let personal hygiene and supply maintenance slip.  But, even while we are retreating from the hordes of flesh hungry undead, we cannot ignore the following when it comes it cleanliness:

1.  GUNS – Firearm maintenance is of the utmost importance.  I cannot stress to you how imperative it is to keep your guns clean.  Failure to do so can result in:

A.  Jams

B. Decreased accuracy from powder and lead fouling

C. Misfires

D. Your gun blowing up in your face

So get to know your firearm.  Learn how to disassemble and reassemble it.  Make a habit of cleaning it after every use.  The longer gun powder sits in your gun the less reliable and safe your firearm becomes.  I don’t care if you’re running from zombies, YOU HAVE TO KEEP YOUR GUN CLEAN.  Hopefully you have more than one gun on you so you can clean one but still have one to shoot if you’re ambushed.

2.  YOU – When society disintegrates we will no longer have access to modern medicine the way we do now.  Simple cuts and little wounds can become serious hazards if you don’t keep them clean.  Everyone should have at least a simple First Aid Kit in their Oh Sh!t Bag with some alcohol, iodine, and bandages.  Simple cleanliness will help reduce your exposure to dangerous bacteria and infections.

Don’t shrug off washing out a small cut or abrasion.  If that thing becomes infected you could experience: fever, nausea, dizziness, and excessive tiredness.  I don’t know about you but I’d rather not be any of those things with zombies lurking about.  Bath when you can and try and wash or clean your hands the best you can before ingesting food.  Lets face it, our personal hygiene is going to take a serious beating come ZDay and if we don’t at least try and clean our hands before we use them to stuff whatever food we can find into our mouths we’ll be ingesting all sorts of things other than food.

And what’s going to happen when our tummies don’t feel so hot or that cut on our arm starts to ooze grossness?  There will be no such thing as Emergency Rooms or Doctor visits come ZDay.  Maybe, hopefully, someone will have some antibiotics but I wouldn’t count on it.  And if the reason you’re hurting is because you neglected the basic principals of hygiene…well maybe whoever does have meds would rather save them for someone worthy of them.

So, while we can scoff at the old adage Cleanliness is Next to Godliness now, come ZDay ignoring some forms of cleanliness is just going to buy you a ticket to the big guy in they sky a whole lot sooner.

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