Next to Godliness

August 15, 2009 at 7:15 pm (Uncategorized)

I don’t know who said “cleanliness is next to godliness,” but it applies in Jordan.

Islam is big on cleanliness. Muslims are instructed to wash at least their hands and feet before prayer. I like this. And the tradition carries over to non-prayer activities, like cleaning floors. The number of people cleaning floors and the frequency of it was one of the first differences I noticed between America and the Hashemite kingdom.

My manpower formula for floor-cleaning in Jordan is this: however many people are necessary to keep a given floor clean, plus one.

Whether it’s the airport, a shopping mall, sidewalk, or restaurant, there appears to be exactly one more person than is strictly necessary to keep the floor clean pushing a broom around.

Given the underemployment here, this is good for another reason, not just to make sure we’re all a bit closer to God :-).


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