When we travel on the tube, every single member of society stares at either the floor or the maps, there are short periods where they whip their heads from floor to ceiling, making sure another human pupil is not met by their pupil. (This doesn’t include the odd weirdo who is dribbling and staring at all the ladies jugs)
When we travel in our cars, we don’t just make eye contact with other drivers, we actually get our heads right out of the car to scream at them, eyes popping out of our heads
When we travel on boats, we wave and smile and often scream or shout hello with heightened happy tones, we bib on our boat horns at each other and send greetings like we’ve been friends for 20 years
When we travel on foot we shoot our eyes all over the place and place them firmly forward… ONLY…When we see another human coming towards us
They say eye contact is one of the ways to analyse and read a society, in the psychology/body language sense of our interactions at least
I watched a TV programme where they got some guys from the smallest society in the world and they bought them here to have a look at our society – an unusual thing to do in the social sciences TV realm.
They noted that they couldn’t understand why we paid for jackets for our pets, but walked past tens to hundreds of homeless people in our day and graced them with nothing. Not even a look, but a purposeful non–look…like the one on the tube!
Imagine never stepping foot on the planet, and then being exposed to the teeny tiny clan, from a teeny tiny place somewhere in the globe
To Westernised England
We are all a bunch of weirdo’s! 😉
In need of a ‘cultural save’ in terms of our moodiness and inability to acknowledge that we are sharing our space with other humans, alet alone give them a friendly smile.
Apart from when we set sail, we’re just crap to each other really.
‘A friend is a stranger you haven’t met yet’… how ironically bitter-sweet and hopeful the phrase is; if you are viewing reality through a dark and slightly misshapen glass!
Shiny is foooking hard to find at times ay?