What’s that you say? Why are bathroom’s important, besides the obvious? Bathrooms are great for jokes of course.

Well, it’s important enough to have a world summit for the humble toilet, the most unappreciated of modern conviences? The BBC reported this week that the fourth world toilet conference was held in Beijing. Participants arrived to discuss such pressing issues as the “taboos” against toilets and the basic human rights of good toilets.

Yet they have a point. Other than finding food & shelter, sanititation is one of our greatest needs. I will go so far as to say how we view sanitation and the resources we place to it says a lot about how we view individuals.
Honor guests to our homes? Have great toilets. What’s the first question any new employee asks on their first day? Where is the toilet. Want the young, weak and old to avoid disease? Have working toilets.

It’s odd to think so, but many millions in the world don’t think so. Of course the poor are always the last to receive good sanitation, and they suffer for it greatly. But there are cultural barriers to good sanitation.

Anywhere where individuals as individuals are treated culturally and socially with dignity and respect as special creations, good toilets exist. Where individuals are raised in either tribal circumstances (RE: the Middle East) or in socialistic, totalitarian regions (China, inner-cities of Western lands, parts of urbanized Africa, etc), there is simply little desire to see to that the great masses live in healthy, clean areas.

For any NGO, missionary groups, foreign aid workers, and others who want to see impoervished people have healthy lives, they must be treated as unique and special individuals with spiritual needs met in physical ways. Other than that, we can continue to look forward to future World Toilet Conventions.