A Tendency to Be Nicer To…

Everywhere I go in the world, I tend to be nicer to security guards, overweight/obese people, poor people, street cleaners and janitors and people who are ‘off’ as the majority of people may perceive them.

I feel touched when I see the city workers in Moscow (in their bright orange uniforms) clean the streets or shovel the snow in teams. I also felt touched when I saw the Chinese city workers (in bright green uniforms) do the same thing. They often looked haggard and tired and serious but they were usually the kindest people.

The poor people on the street touch me; a few seemed to have skin completely peeled off, others have burnt skin, others have physical deformities that I never could have imagined (in an alley in China in Suzhou, I saw a woman sitting at a doorstep with one side of her face hanging, a large mound of flesh just hung there), of course there have been people in wheelchairs without a hand and a foot and a person without legs at all, or a young man looking sickly, sitting next to his mother, who laid on a stretcher, looking sickly too, and there was a woman in Taipei who stood out from the fashionable, trendy crowd, because she had dreadlocks, long brittle and dark gray toenails and rags, and a man in Bangkok that I noticed during one of my walks whose rags barely covered his naked body, and the list goes on.

I always feel touched by security guards. Their jobs were very difficult because they had to stay inside when the days are sunny and, even when the days are cold or rainy or snowy, they don’t get to move much on the job. As a wild, wandering type of person, I feel touched when I see them and I will never give them a hard time.

Overweight/obese people touch me. They definitely aren’t people whom I would look down on or make fun of. When I see them, I only want to be nice to them.

Maybe it’s because I feel that these people’s lives are hard enough already, so why not treat them kindly to let them know that they are appreciated? Or at least don’t regard them with scorn.

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