One of my favourite things to do is to People Watch. Admittedly, sometimes I find it infuriating, but other times it just … interesting. Intriguing.
I am fascinated not only with the physiology of the human body, but also with the workings of the human mind. If it paid me enough, I think I’d happily devote my life to studying all of the things about people. Perhaps I should be an anthropologist when I grow up?
Although the idea of being an paleoanthropologist is just as enthralling to me – and no, I’m not referring to the dietary paleo-phenomena that was, pardon the pun, the flash in the pan I totally expected it to be.
Therefore, I am neither as the both appeal to me so greatly, I wouldn’t know which one to devote my time to. So I People Watch instead.
In my admittedly very limited travails around the world (a total of approximately 12 weeks in four countries in my entire lifetime, my first overseas jaunt being about fifteen years ago, and all of them relatively well supported by people who spoke the language and pretty much acted as a guide for me) I have been fascinated by the globality of many, many behaviours.
Not, I might add, globalisation, which is the phenomenon of a thing being somewhat local (to a region or even an entire country) and becoming available, accessible, and/or observable the world over.
No, it’s the globality that intrigues me. Those acts and behaviours that are observed across the globe, regardless of race, religion, or regime one is under.
It is potentially more intriguing because we (well, some of us) tend to hold the expectation that because something is so different in another country, like the language, the food, the streetscape, etc, that