Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Will wonders never cease

Sometimes we think we live in a society without a soul. A highly impersonable society that is cold, that is only concerned about going forward and totally forgetting about people. It is this that makes me long sometimes for the tv towns like Stars Hollow and Everwood where you know everyone, everyone knows you and you have a tab at the coffeeshop and you'll attend your neighbour's cat's funeral. Of course, reality also kicks me sharply in the butt to remind me that I will go stir crazy and die if I were left in a town like that because there would be very little shopping to be done and I wouldn't even try to look for a spa.

But there are times when I hate living in a big city. When you see people so obviously in need of help and no one steps forward but everyone is busy copying down numbers to buy the lottery. When little kids run amok, bump into you and their parents don't even chide the kid, let alone make the kid apologise. When people pretend to be asleep on the bus so that they don't have to give up their seat to the old or pregnant person in front of them. Absolutely hate it.

Then, once in a while, your faith in humankind and in Singapore is restored. When you see sights like this.


These two women did not know one another. They just happened to be sitting together and they started chatting because the older of the two pulled out her knitting and the other was interested. That got them talking about knitting patterns and other things. By the time I was ready to get off the bus, they were fast friends and exchanging telephone numbers.

It was such a nice, heartwarming sight. These two women now have one more friend each, all because they took time to talk to one another on the bus instead of staring forward and pretending that the whole world out there of other people didn't really exist.

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Ondine tossed this thought in at 15:51

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At 4:35 pm Blogger Blueheeler - the dog that sniffs out fishy news said...

Good post! I kinda regret that I've stopped taking public transport since 2002, when my car arrived.


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