A Guy In The Street

I just saw a guy walking down the street, while talking to himself. He swaggered as if he was the king of the street and rapped to the beat in his head. His eccentricity singled him out immediately from the crowd.

In the eyes of many people, he was a socially and financially disadvantaged person, who would do crazy stunts to attract public attention; henceforth, deserved to be looked down upon.  Many people would associate his “weirdness” with craziness, as well as with a sense of lack of self-respect; even with laziness. I used to concur with this particular general view but now I do not.

The reason being: I now understand that in many cases, the stunts that people like this guy pull in public are just ways for them to seek a bit of recognition and validation that they are severely lacking of in their intimate circles, for example at home.

Not everyone, who behaves unconventionally in the street is insane. Instead of giving an side-eye or a scornful look when we cross path with an eccentric person in the future, we should pass on a bit of compassion towards him or her first.

Published by Robbie's Blog

I am a third-culture person who's navigating his way around Hong Kong and beyond. Come join me on this rollercoaster ride.

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