Monday, October 17, 2011

Terms of Estrangement

One thing wrong with most people: no-one's ever "just a person".
I'll tell someone that and they'll get all confused.  They have no idea what I mean by that.

We have lots of "elitists", "homeless", "authority figures", "celebrities", "business owners", "students", "minorities", "gays", "union workers", "professionals", "teachers", "teenagers", "elderly", "middle-aged", "athletes", "those in the media", "meth-heads", "potheads", "lesbians", "crack-heads", "CEOs"---and the like.
But hardly anyone is ever "just a person".

When you're out in public and you run into others, do you think to yourself: "Oh! A fellow human being."
...or are you apprehensive about what you say or do?
This person might "take offense" if I say the wrong thing, and I may end up getting beat up, sued, or arrested.
There's always a fear factor involved when it comes to interacting with others.
You never know who they are, where they're coming from, or where they've been.
They could be out to scam you---or be observing you to see if you're "up to something".
There's never any kind of  trust factor when dealing with others.

And everyone's so cliche---so self-pegeon-holed---as well. Fitting into some demographic, whether academic, genderic, or social class.  No-one is ever "just another person"---just living their own life and only representing themselves.

Some people, you say "Hello" to them and they just glare at you, as if to say: "Excuse me---but I don't associate with your kind."

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