What the Englishman said about survival was this: “If you stop taking pride in your appeareance, you will very soon die.” He said that he had seen several men die in the following way: ” They ceased to stand up straight, then ceased to shave or wash, then ceased to get out of bed, then ceased to talk, then died. There is much to be said for it: it is evidently a very easy and painless way to go.” So it goes.
The Englismand said that he, when captured, had made and keept the following vows to himself: To brush his teeth twice a day, to shave once a day, to wash his face and hands before every meal and after going to the latrine, to polish his shoes at once a day, to exercise for at least half an hour each morning and then move his bowels, and to took into a mirror every frequently, frankly evaluating hid appearance, particularly with respect to posture.
Billy Pilgrim heard all thid while lying in his nest. He looked not at the Englishman’s face, but his ankles.
Kurt Vonnegut. Slaughterhouse Five