The Paradox of Privacy
Am an immigrant hear in The US for employment. So obviously I did not have the luxury of growing up here and shaping my views and thought process in line with most Americans. Of course when you come from a different culture you start noticing a lot of paradox in the culture you are trying to embrace.
One such is this notion of privacy here. The level of importance that is given to privacy in the US in just mind boggling. So much so if a Presidential nominee does not deal with the questions around privacy appropriately, it could break their primary candidacy in the elections… You may have noticed that recently in the republican primary debates… I remember seeing this movie ‘Enemy of the state’ starring Will Smith. The whole movie plot is around privacy.
Anyways, coming to the important point about the paradox… I find it incomprehensible as to how little people care for their privacy in the public toilets or toilets at work places. A typical workplace toilet looks like this one. Just look at the gap between the frame and door. A place where you are pretty much going to be pants and under pants down, a place for all practical purposes you could be displaying your private parts to the person walking in from the other side, it seems absolutely ok to people here.You may have also noticed (not in this picture but in general) that there is at least 1 feet gap between the toilet door and the floor and if there are multiple toilets, there is a similar gap between the toilets next to each other. Am not sure how many people follow Seinfeld (Comedy TV series late 80s – early 90s), there is a specific episode when George talks about the exact same thing in a funny way. Nothing has really changed since though…
When Government wants to monitor people’s phone calls, internet browsing, etc for ‘national security’ reasons people scream for privacy, when people buy homes they want space from the neighbor so they can have privacy, each individual in a family needs a separate room so they can have privacy… But when they get to work or other public places they could care less for their privacy in toilet… Well… I find that odd but that may be just me and perhaps the culture I come from.
Anyways… someone at my workplace seems to have been concerned about this issue and has come up with a really intelligent way creating the privacy he needs inside the toilet. Look at the picture here, he has pulled a long toilet paper, hung that from the hook on door on the inside. Found it interesting and took a picture of that… Of course this does not solve the whole problem… but helps overcome at least one of the main concerns… So if you are one of those looking for privacy in public place toilets, here you go… 🙂
Posted on January 2, 2016, in American Life Style, life, Opinion, Peelasophy, Privacy, Random thought and tagged America, Cultural Differences, George Costanza, george costanza quotes, life, paradox, Presidential Debate, privacy, Public Toilets, Seinfeld, Toilet Habits, US. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.