Trolleybus

I didn’t know that word even existed in English :P

Commuting back from the EAC, (good news — got the visa — going to sit the SAT on the 6th!!) I sort of ran into one of my ex-teachers. I never really liked him, but the funny thing is that he stood right before me and I didn’t notice him. He probably saw me instantly; I usually don’t ‘blend in’ with the crowd. So now I had a dilemma: do I admit my mistake and greet him, or do I go on acting as if I hadn’t recognized him?

If I told him ‘Good Afternoon,’ what would he think of me? That I was an arrogant snob who, until now, pretended not to notice him? Would he attempt to start a discussion? I certainly wouldn’t. And what would the fellow passengers think?

If I didn’t give him another glance, what would he think of me? That I was an arrogant snob who pretended not to notice him? [notice anything?]

He put an end to my anguish (that’s too harsh a word) by getting out at a station earlier than mine.

OK, I used the word ‘notice’ 4+1 times in this post — that’s enough.

3 Responses to Trolleybus

  1. Alex says:

    I think that all these ethical vs non-ethical stuff generates too much overhead thoughs, preventing us from being simple and acting accordingly.

    I would say “hi” if I were you; I decided to pay less attention to etiquette, and use plain-text questions/statements instead. This makes it easier for others to interact with me, if they respond to a query – I don’t have to guess what they expect me to do; and it also helps me avoid thoughts about what they think – because they tell me themselves. And they can’t complain either – because they made their own choice. If they didn’t feel free to tell me what they _really_ thought, it’s a burden on their shoulders, not on mine.

    It’s a win-win. Perhaps it is difficult to implement this strategy – but trust me, it is easier that way. I still keep making predictions about other people’s thoughts and actions, but I only do that as a logical exercise when I have nothing else to do; I try not to use that for serious decision-making tasks, unless I have reasons to believe they provide false answers to my direct and honest questions.

  2. Alex says:

    Good luck with your test, though I think you don’t need luck, you’ve got science!

  3. Constantin says:

    “overhead” -> nice way of phrasing it. Unless I’m so burnt out today that I’ll change my mind tomorrow, I agree.
    [Late] thanks.

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