Boy, things have really changed.
Its hard to say hello anymore. If you are on an elevator, the silence is deafening. Those that have no instruments in their ears , are just looking straight ahead at the doors, eager to get out and go on their merry way.
If you are on your bike , watch out at those running near you. They can’t hear, their ears are plugged. Forget safety, you can ‘t invade on their private space on a public street, now can you? Would be some sort of aggression. My rights , remember.
And if you are lined up in a supermarket or other mindless buying space , please don’t say hello to a child clinging to its mother’s cart , the Mother’s look will leave you frozen, embarrassed and give you a guilt complex like no other.
Now , even worse are those that have nothing in their ears , but often look strange when you you say hello, good morning, or good day. I mean , what’s you problem , uttering such pleasentaries ?
And then , the worst of all, are those who actually hear you, and respond——–but with an incomprehensible grunt that reminds you of that very early evolutionary era when speech was just developing.