Why oh why do we do the things we do? A recent experience has me asking this old, old question.
Human kind is a social animal. We tend to live in groups of like minded beings. But sometimes we become so self-absorbed, we forget to even be aware of other individuals’ existence at all. Case in point: I just came back from a 7 day cruise ship experience. (a fun time for sure). It was puzzling to find groups of self absorbed people standing and blocking passage of others at the top of stairs, doorways or even elevator entrances. No one else can get through.
They’d step out of the elevator, then stop right where they were to discuss their next destination while the rest of us had to push against them before the elevator doors closed to send us to a floor we hadn’t chosen. An escalator can be a real case in point. It dumps you right into their midst like it or not. I wore out the word “sorry” and “excuse me” as I pushed through them. If I am guilty of doing this myself, I guess it’s payback time.