We live in boxes. One, our home, the other, a metaphorical box representing our insular existence.
A wealth of information can be gleaned from the study and sharing of seemingly trivial, everyday conversations and can give an, hitherto unknown, insight into the lifestyle and habits of many peoples throughout, not only the UK, but across the globe. It can open and expand our minds and give us a peek into other cultures, family structures, moral values and religious beliefs.
Further to this, atttitudes and views can be seen to vary within the same local community, depending on people’s socio/economic status.
This study can result in one of two responses, the positive response, or the negative response. As such, both responses can be viewed as positive, according to the negative response being no longer based on ignorance or unfounded bias, but now being formed on a solid platform of knowledge.
Mentioned in the above text is a reference to the sharing of information. To do otherwise would restrict the learning process to only those who participate on a local level and not benefit those who operate in a different community, and vice versa.
My contribution to this column, and one which I fervently implore you to participate in, starts with a truly revealing conversation that I had the pleasure of participating in this very morn.
RATTY’S INTERACTIVE SOCIAL LIFE – DAY ONE
(A social exchange with the Baker on the corner of a nearby street).
ME : “Good morrow, fair Baker. I trust that you are enjoying excellent health and fortune is smiling favourably upon you, dear sir.”
BAKER : “Huh ?”
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DAY TWO will be published tomorrow.
(Teaser : It will involve a conversation with the vendor of replacement broom handles).