That’s one of the questions
— mostly of traffic, but also of people — how could
I’ve been taught throughout most of my life to be suspicious of strangers, and
Whether or not
- What is your own attitude? How do you behave,
asa stranger to someone else? Is your immediate impulse to assess how you could benefit from the situation to their detriment, or to consider what you can offer in answer to their request and in support of their mission?
- I find it hard to believe it is former — why is that? — are you that much better than the average person out there?
- I also don’t think so — aren’t we simply more likely than not to get the same indifference at worse or kindness at best from a stranger that we would show them were the roles reversed?
Indeed, there are plenty of stories of long-term, overland travelers being harmed in all sorts of ways — robbed, raped, beaten up, abducted, murdered, you name it — we’re not immune to the ills of the world those traveling in more conventional ways (or not traveling at all) also report, possibly at higher rates in some cases — a quick web search will yield several studies and reports over the past few decades suggesting that the majority of victims of violent crime actually knew their perpetrator.
Featured photo: hitchhiking with my wife in Ukraine after dark and under moderate snowfall ( January ’18 )
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* ‘Trelograms’ is a wordplay between ‘telegram’ and ‘trélos’ (Greek for ‘mad’)