So there I was working, running around the store doing my appointed duties, and the reality of human nature slams me in the face, or more appropriately, a flock of latinos do. Pulling a flatcart filled with heavy stuff, and they walk right in front of me. I nearly run them over and wind up looking like I'm doing a bad imitation of "dead swan lake". I get over that, and then the asian tourist family wants to walk fast to get around me then slow down to a dead crawl to check out crystal glassware they aren't going to buy. I lose them, then the Griswalds come round walking straight towards me, stare me square in the face then part like the red sea looking angrily at me because they had to move their ignorant asses.
The adventure ends with me parking my cart where I was aiming to and then finding my way back to where it all started, with people doing the same thing as the latino family, the asians, and the Griswalds. Now, the races were accurate to that day, not accurate to folks who do it every day. I'm not trying to imply anything. The fact is that humanity is failing. No one, not any particuliar race or creed is less guilty of it than another. I run into more people that have little or no concern over others safety, comfort, or rights than I care to think about.
I am amazed by people who squeeze onto the elevator, or run right up behind you on the escalator, completely ignoring that imaginary three foot "personal space" bubble that we all like to have. People run around with their faces planted in their phones, nearly running into every person within a foot of them in any direction. People who swear they bought something they didn't, returning stuff that they bought with the intent of wearing to one party then returning. People who have the same basic mood as a bear coming out of hibernation. People who speak in foriegn languages expecting you to speak it as well.
No one really has the time to stop and talk, say hello. We all were so worried about the "Merry Christmas" versus the unoffensive "Happy Holidays" that we ignored that most people won't even take the time to look at you as they shopped let alone be personable. The human race is losing that "neighborhood" feel as egocentric and personal attitudes erase the civility we all once enjoyed. Maybe that's why we, in most cases, don't even know our neighbors names. Admittedly, sometimes we don't want to know, but that's counter-intuitive to my post.
I guess my point would be that we as a people are starting to lose that humanity. At this point, dolphins, whales, and penguins have more socially interactive groupings then we do. That's sad, and it can only get worse. Society needs to change. Society needs to turn back time, when neighbors and neighborhoods meant something. Today...go out and start something. Say hello to a stranger, start a conversation with your barista, ask your neighbor their name. Let's be friends.