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Journalist's Fact-Finding Mission into Noise

What do you think about generators, cassette players and TV operated loudly?

I'm a rich man and can afford generators, TVs, cassette players, and many other things

I wish.

I have spent a lot of money on these things, so I have to take as much profit as

possible from them. Every day and night, I keep them playing out loud so that the

neighbors can also hear them, and it is a manner to proudly tell the other people

that the rich have the right to do such a thing.

Besides, this can accompany those people who are sleeping at noon and at the night

time, and it can also help them get up early.

So, for the people who have no brain like me "the louder the generators, TVs

and cassette players, the better."

And what about you the poor?

Honest to God, I'm very poor and can't afford these machines, so if my neighbors

operate their TV & cassette players loudly it's kind of them, because I enjoy

these things very much.

Sometimes, if it is my good day, they turn the generators up even louder, which makes

me wake up in the middle of the nigh to continue the story. And sometimes, I get

up four times a night. Another kind act is that if they start the generators early

at night, I don't need to use my kerosene lamps, because I can use the light from

their houses instead.

For me, the more people who have the right to use these things in this way, the better,

because their right sometimes spills into my house.

And you the state worker?

A state worker like me needs a rest at noon and goes to bed at 10. It is in someway

very good, because the loud noise can disturb me every day, which makes me accustomed

to not sleeping in the daytime and to not hitting the hay so early, because I can

do more work.

For me, those people should be admired, because they dare to do so without being

afraid of anybody.

How about you the monk?

I'm a Buddhist, if I didn't accept the offering, it would be wrong and sinful. Also,

it is a good thing to do, because they share what they have to those who haven't.

So, for me, I must say they are the best people, according to our religion.

And what about you the schoolboys?

Frankly, we are lazy students who often go for walks. Under the pretext of being

disturbed by the noise of these machines, we will stop doing our homework and go

to bed or for a walk.

For these reasons, we think the fact that the generators, TVs and cassette players

produce loud noise is perfect.



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