Years ago I knew of a group that met regularly but which was riven by drama and periodically excluded members by snubbing them. I would never be part of a group that decided en masse to ignore someone-if only out of contrariness rather than kindness-so I avoided this group like the proverbial plague.
I admit that I have been a ‘snubber’, usually after an argument. If I came to believe I had done wrong I apologised. At the very least no-one was ever left in any doubt how they had upset me and, these days anyway, communications lines are left open..
I was reminded of this group recently when I noticed someone from that time sticking her nose in the air when I greeted her, refusing to acknowledge me. As I can get a bit distracted I have no idea how long this has been going on or why it is going on. In truth I find it quite hilarious.
So what of it? Well, merely not greeting a stranger can have a deleterious effect. I once read about a man who committed suicide from the Golden Gate Bridge. He left note behind which said that even if one person smiled at him on the way there, he would not do it. No-one did.
In view of this, any deliberate attempt to make someone believe they are ‘outside’ is quite odious behaviour. My current situation as a snubee doesn’t bother me much but compare how a smile can lift your day with how a deliberate snub makes you feel. For most of us, if you are made happy by one you’ll be brought down a little by the other especially if you are having a bad day anyway.
But when you’re down what better pick me up than a cartoon?I decided to set it in my own milieu, the art world, and I’ve always wanted to use foreign words in one of my comics to show how classy I am…
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or should I say…