Monday, January 14, 2013

Our Lonely Strangers

               Over the course of time, I’ve seen some strange things, but the irony comes when it deals with strangers. Why is it that we act so shy around strangers? I’ve seen it on the train where people won’t sit just because there is someone in the seat next to it. I’ve seen it where people will change seats once a row becomes available. I’ve also seen it where if someone does try to be friendly, other people freak out. What is wrong here? Humans are meant to be a part of society and depend on others. Why should interaction be a taboo thing unless they are friends? How else do you make friends without being strangers first?
               Does the problem come from comfort zone? We were all trained to be careful around strangers. That is a good rule, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to act like they don’t exist. If there is someone bad, then ask for help. At least there are still Good Samaritans who will help a stranger in need.
                What do you say then? You don’t need to give out deep personal information. You can talk about the weather, or even gas prices. If the person says they don’t want to talk, then so be it. Just because they don’t want to talk, doesn’t mean you can’t be friendly.

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