November 3rd, 2001


please ignore the generalizations and look for the point

cierrablue just got me thinking about personal space, and how much greater our expectation of it is in the United States compared to a lot of the world. we do very little casual touching here. it general is either formal or meaningful, nothing inbetween. even when we are forced into close quarters, we try to avoid as much contact as possible. (how much time have you spent staring at elevator numbers?). prolonged eye contact is unusual in our culture, almost as if we are afraid that, if we don't glance away every few seconds, we might reveal some secret inner self. and we might at that. wouldn't it be interesting if everyone in the country touched everyone they met and looked unflinchingly into the eyes of everyone they spoke to, just for one day?