I was walking home tonight, and I’ve been in a bad mood, kind of mad about personal things, and just generally feeling down on the world, and along the way, I heard some guy say something and then “Excuse me!” Again. And a third time, and I did not turn, did not look and kept going.
Now, he could have been begging for change, asking for directions, wanted to know the time, I have no idea, but I didn’t feel in the mood to find out. Also, consider that I don’t live in Manhattan, but one of the scary boroughs, so not everyone is so benign by me.
Anyway, any time this happens, I always think of Sodom and Gomorrah, where the inhospitality towards visitors was the supremely bad thing about the places. But is that the same situation here? I mean, I can recall vividly times in my own life when I was trying to ask a question of someone passing by, and they simply passed by without stopping or acknowledging me, and while it made me angry momentarily, I later understood why they may have not responded to me.
I mean, there are all kinds of businesses around, pedestrians walking, sitting on stoops - why is he asking ME to stop?