Nothing underscores a breakdown of law and order quite like catching a man relieving himself on a wall with a sign that screams “Hold it in, or else….” In times like this, I don’t reach out for that juicy fruit gum and pretend to chill. Most certainly not! In fact, I secretly wish for two things: (1) super power to zap that dumb*ss, or (2) toothy sanitation laws that could, let’s say, chomp off that society menace of an appendage.
But after seeing this behavior a lot of times (I once saw a man urinating on a huge sign that ironically says “Muntinlupa, Nagkakaisa, May Disiplina” which was my inspiration for the photo shown below), I began to rethink my “public-urination-is-a-serious manifestation-of-a-breakdown-in-law-and-order” diagnosis.
And so I delved into the depths of the human psyche, forayed into the socioeconomic, political, and psychological roots of peeing au naturel, and consequently gained a deeper appreciation of this complex behavior which modern society now classifies as a misdemeanor. Here are some of the ideas that I developed:
- Public Urination as a Sign of Failure of Potty Training During Childhood. This is also known as “It’s my mama/yaya’s fault”.
- Gaining Control Over Bodily Functions and Living a Full, Empowered Life. According to this school of thought, when you have to go, you REALLY have to go. No one can exercise regulatory supervision over how, when and where one discharges his bodily fluids.
- The Private/Public Space Dichotomy. A person has four regions surrounding him — intimate space, personal space, social space and public space. You will be damned if you empty your bladder in your intimate space. This is why your mother insisted that you go to the comfort room first before going to sleep.
- Tragedy of the Commons. The smell of urine is not only an assault to the olfactory senses, it is an affront to our right to breath clean air. A tragedy! (What? You don’t know what “The Tragedy of the Commons” is? Now, that’s tragic! 😉 )