Ese sonido horrible de chorro enérgico que hace el agua al salir con tanta fuerza

«Ese sonido horrible de chorro enérgico que hace el agua al salir con tanta fuerza, a borbotones, en el sanitario del centro comercial es el canto burlón de “¡mierda, mierda!”. Nada podrá presentar suficiente resistencia para lograr decir un adiós ante un chorro tan enérgico, y aquella voz que murmura bon voyage es borrada, aniquilada en el estruendo, ni un mínimo tonillo se podrá percibir.

A propósito, hace poco se descubrió que en los baños públicos, en particular en los de las grandes tiendas y centros comerciales, hay una cantidad notable de mujeres que, por sentir vergüenza del humilde sonido producido cuando orinan, tiran de la cadena para hacer bajar el agua y producir ese ruido de chorro tremendo; todo con el propósito de ocultar la evidencia sonora de su propia operación. Esta información me llegó por medio de una revista semanal que conozco. Avergonzadas de la voz baja producida por su propio cuerpo, reclutan las vociferaciones violentas de una voz ajena. ¿Qué significa esto?»

Karada: El cuerpo en la cultura japonesa, Michataro Tada.

Believe nothing

“Do not believe on the strength of traditions even if they have been held in honour for many generations and in many places; do not believe anything because many people speak of it; do not believe on the strength of sages of old times; do not believe that which you have yourselves imagined, thinking that a god has inspired you. Believe nothing which depends only on the authority of your masters or of priests. After investigation, believe that which you have yourselves tested and found reasonable, and which is for your good and that of others.”

Kālāma Sutta

Walking about at night

“In England, walking about at night was a crime for a very long time. William the Conqueror ordained that a bell should be rung at 8 p.m., at which point Londoners were supposed to put their fires and candles out and their heads down. Again and again, until modern times, Matthew Beaumont tells us, specifically nocturnal laws were promulgated against draw-latchets, roberdsmen, barraters, roysterers, roarers, harlots and other nefarious nightwalkers — including those ‘eavesdroppers’ who stood listening in the close darkness where the rain dripped from a house’s eaves.

Beaumont reads such laws as being designed to exert political and social control. To walk the city streets at night, by contrast, is to make ‘a libertine assault on what might be called the ideology of good hours’, to pose ‘an intrinsic challenge to the diurnal regime on which, from the end of the Middle Ages, Protestant ideology and the political economy of capitalism partly depended’. Nightwalking is sticking it to the Man.”

Dickens’s dark side: walking at night helped ease his conscience at killing off characters, The Spectator.

Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London by Matthew Beaumont.