Random thoughts on a bus yesterday evening.
So after a super long week and super short previous night’s sleep… it’s Friday! Friday’s kind of an end but it’s sort of a beginning too. The end of a week of “work,” or I guess if you’re lucky, a week of exercising your strongest passion in life that you also get paid for (gotta work on figuring that out). But also the beginning of the weekend. The week end– the end of the week. The beginning of the end of the week? Well that was enlightening.
So the other day I was completely baffled when I saw a sign on the bus door that said:
Like the idea that you could actually scan your card before your stop so that you would be charged less, never even OCCURRED to me. How am I that naive? It’s such a brilliantly evil idea! And after reading the sign, I pretty much thought, well no one would actually do that anyways. It’s Singapore. Land of the rule-followers.
And then TODAY, on stop #2, I saw someone do it! An old man (at least I think he’s old considering he had like no teeth), simply reached back and scanned his card, but didn’t leave the bus. People actually DO THAT?! My mind was literally blown. And the worst part was that.. no one DID anything. All of us on the bus sat there, like accomplices to a crime. Actually I’m pretty sure I was the only one to notice, because no one pays attention to anyone else on a bus (side note: that’s why whenever my friends and I get on a bus, it gets really noisy… we are pretty much the only ones talking…) But I’ve been thinking about it, and well, that’s kind of what we’ve been socially trained to do. Like in school, if someone finds the answers to a test online, you don’t tell on them. If people are sharing answers on homework, you’re not supposed to be a taddle-tale. You can’t judge. Because then you’re not cool. You’re not cool because you’re not indifferent. It’s indifference that really makes everything work sometimes. But if you can’t judge anything then how is anything right or wrong? Plus if you don’t have a vested opinion or interest in a matter, then you get distanced from it. And whether or not you want to believe it, the ability to not “judge,” possibly one of the most valued qualities in society today, might just lead you down the road of simply not caring. And when you don’t care anymore, who are you?
Stop #25. Over and out.