Don’t you think

society is weird? The way we pass people on the street and don’t make eye contact or exchange a single word with one another. A lot of us purposely do this on a daily basis. It kind of unnerves me.

And then we have all these nonsensical rules which have to be followed – this whole, intricate system of exchange (and exchanges). And then some people don’t say certain things because it’s impolite and you wonder what they’re really thinking. And we all live in these separate units; these little microcosms.

We gesture our thanks to drivers when they stop to let us cross the road, like “thanks for not mowing me down!” and sometimes they get annoyed if you don’t thank them. What is that?

If someone’s too cheerful or friendly in public, it’s normal to wonder why; to judge that person and maybe think they’re “not all there“, or think they’re hitting on you. Or both.

We drive around in these metal boxes with four wheels. We communicate a great deal through screens. We have this perverse, unrealistic societal idea of what beauty is.

Yep. Society is weird.

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7 thoughts on “Don’t you think

  1. Society, a conglomerate of ever increasing sub-divisions, has to have certain rules of interaction to survive. The greater the number the more general, and by definition, the more ritualistic and removed from everyone’s reality, the rules. Judging is an evolutionary by-product, it seems. It was imperative to judge self from non-self, members of the same species or tribe from non-members and judging their actions and how they looked or behaved was an easy way to do that. I’m not condoning societal rules, mind you, I agree that for the most part they make little logical sense at the level of one person, just thinking of the context in which they arose…:)

  2. Indeed. I often marvel at some of the strange conventions we adhere to. I recently listened to a really interesting set of podcasts by David Mitchell about manners, which some of your questions/ thoughts here put me in mind of. I think about these things a lot. The conclusion I always reach is that human beings are just bloody weird! Interesting, infuriating, and weird.

    1. Haha, that’s a good conclusion to come to, I think! I’ve found the podcast and will give it a listen. David Mitchell is great, so I think it’ll be good!

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