Sometimes I wonder if we’re de-evolving and some people have lost the ability to use those round things with black centres that change in size with the light, ya know, eyes? I have to admit, some people are very observant. I met a guy who could put everything he moved back where he found it. but today I met some people who probably wouldn’t notice if aliens landed in their front yard.
I went out to get some things, and went to cross the street like I always do. But the traffic lights were not working, so the cars were sort of just playing nice and waiting for each other to go through. This is pretty crazy, because five streets meet at this corner at weird angles.
When I get to the store, which is on the corner of these streets, and walk in and mention that the traffic lights aren’t working, I get a response as if I’m speaking another language. These people, who could presumably look out the window and see the chaos out there, were completely unaware of it. If they couldn’t do that, the store is full of people, so I’m sure at least one of them would have mentioned how nuts it was that this major traffic light was on the fritz. But they had no idea, and thought I was on crack.
This isn’t an isolated incident. Otherwise I could just say the girl working in the store is a total ditz and laugh it off. But I can’t count the number of times I have pointed at a sign and said, “what does that say?” and gotten a bewildered “I don’t know!” If people aren’t just plain unobservant, I can only conclude that the illiteracy problem is overwhelming in this town, and I’m afraid.
I know I’m not the most observant person in the world and probably miss stuff. But I think if I had a set of working eyes, I’d be able to read a sign or notice a street corner in utter chaos. At least, I’d hope so.