While most of us squeam and squirm at the thought of going a day without a shower — two if we’re not going anywhere or seeing anyone but the pizza delivery guy — this Iranian man hasn’t taken a bath in 60 years.
After a series of unfortunate events, Amou Haji, 80, came to believe that “cleanliness brings him sickness” and chose to live a life of isolation in the Southern Iranian province of Fars, according to the Tehran Times.
His favorite food is rotten dead porcupine, and he smokes a pipe filled with animal feces instead of tobacco.
While most of us only have one home, Haji has two: a hole in the ground that looks something like a grave, and a brick shack built by people who felt sorry for him.
But should they feel sorry for him?
Haji may live unconventionally, but he says it’s his lack of belongings and attachments that make him happy. This man just goes to show that while our First World comforts are convenient, they’re certainly not necessary.
Imagine a life without having to pay rent every month, or sit in traffic every day, or receive frantic weekend emails from your boss — forcing you to leave brunch when you’re already three bottomless mimosas deep.
While I don’t suggest we stop bathing, I do think we could all stand to learn a little something from a man who doesn’t give a damn about the superficial things we care too much about:
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