Bathroom Wisdom

So all of last semester I had two classes in a building called Axelrod on campus. I have a class there this semester as well. Consequently I have become quite familiar with the male’s bathroom so this has literally been right in front of me the whole time, and I’ve been thinking a lot about it. There is this United Way Advertisement on the back of one of the stalls and despite the usual crude remarks that are on a bathroom wall (which I will not repeat here) there was a couple of grafitti remarks that have got me thinking. The first in response to United Way is something along the lines of “find a balance gage! Nothing is cut and dry” The second is a response to that, something along the lines of “NEED IS CUT AND DRY”. And I find myself thinking in response to the second (I won’t actually grafitti, it goes against the grain) “I wish that were so..”. Let’s face it people: everyone’s definition of necessity tends to differ, and cultures differ even more. When I was a kid, I was convinced I needed all the latest Pokemon games but I really didn’t. In so-called “grown-ups” one person may think they need a pay raise when they’re ahead of a lot of other people in income. Some cultures live perfectly happily as what North American eyes would deem “barbaric” or “primitive” or even “cruel”. Truth is, the article “Body Ritual Among the Nacerima” by a guy named Miner reveals how easily even North American society can be viewed in such a way. It would seem to me from all of that, and from learning the history of the colony days, that what is called a matter of necessity is really a matter of desire at worst and a matter of opinion at best. Interesting how in high school the graffitti on the bathroom stalls seems limited to cruelness and how in university the graffiti on the bathroom stalls deals with such fundamental questions of solving the worlds problems…

Published by Devin Hogg

My name is Devin Hogg. I was born and raised in Carnarvon, Ontario, Canada. I moved to Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2009 for university and lived here ever since. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, going on long walks, swimming, and practicing Chen style Tai Chi. I love to write poetry and blog regularly about topics such as mental health, sci-fi/fantasy series, faith, sexuality, and politics.

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