I'm making the case for a little public courtesy. A sample:
The more selfishly we behave, the more likely others are to withdraw from us: because we are threatening, rude or just stinky. Selfishness often encourages selfishness. When a good proportion of society are all retreating into themselves, the filaments of mutual aid fray.(Photo: Kalan)
The point is not that Western civilisation must become a single cult, united in flower-chains and patchouli. It is that public life will only grow more crowded in years to come, and will be increasingly draining without a little civility. The energy we save with privative individualism will often be lost in a petty struggle with strangers as indifferent as ourselves. In short, more parts of life cafés – buses, lifts, escalators, cafés – will be like peak hour traffic.