Honestly, to think of how many times people say hello, how are you? is a bit startling. How many times a day? We say it to just about everyone we see, right?
Right. So do we really honestly care how the other person is doing? Really? And if someone asks us how we are, we typically reply I’m fine or good or great and another how are you.
Everyone lies when we ask them. No one really responds with how they are actually feeling…except for 20 year olds who are always sooooo tired. If I had a frickin nickel for everytime. Have you ever seen the movie The Invention of Lying? People don’t lie, it doesn’t exist. Which makes everyone brutally honest about how they are actually feeling and they don’t sugar coat it for the sake of morning chit chat.
They say things like constipated, worried, anxious, horny, etc, etc, etc. You can imagine how fun this would be.
Anyways, I would like to just change the morning hello, how are you routine to a nice smile and nod. It lets people gather their thoughts more. We ought to be silent a little more often. Really, just shut the fuck up.