There are many ways to learn about people: body mass, appearance (squared), demeanour, body language, speech, self-comfort and perceived stupidity-intelligence ratios of the individual subject matter. To know MORE about the individual, we need background information such as work, living arrangements, bit of history and so on. Most people don’t have this info readily available (yet) so they rely on gossip, speculation, hearsay and probability theory – a kind of MIX of gullibility, intuition, idiocy and desperation*, all of which usually resides at the lowest common denominator, and much of which is actively encouraged by some media formats.
Thus it probably is that we have in the advanced, developed and educated western world the very necessary divide between Professional and Amateur (or not money-earning). After all, it wouldn’t be a good idea for supermarket cashiers to treat customers according to their perceived £££ value, their age, how pretty they are – or the nature of the latest goss about that person, now would it……??..
So when I was recently given the wrong change – including a dud £2 coin – for the second time in a week at my local (upmarket) supermarket, I naturally ran through all the likely explanations for this occurrence, including the foregoing and adding a few extra, historical facts into the conclusions drawn.
The only way I can appreciate the above is to (1) record the experience in the deep cerebral recesses as further proof of the animalistic, desensitised, one-track minded beings that the human ‘race’ is turning into; and (2) appreciate the situation from a subcutaneous (subconscious) level: a subtle reminder to me from The Universe and my Metaphysical Twin that I need to look at C H A N G E from a different perspective ……. NOT the Money Kind of change, but life change. (Never MK anything).
And to trust no-one, a phrase I was given right at the start, nearly twenty years ago.
*Desperate for something interesting to spice up their lives because the latter have become a continuum of apathy and boredom with doing the same monotonous thing day in day out.