10 Reasons You Should Talk to Strangers

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(c) Keith Doles

Spontaneous interaction with people we don’t know and may see only once in our life can be a simple and warm pleasure. The trick is to step graciously over the social custom of street indifference, like a red-shoed woman over a murky puddle, and speak.

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The Beggar Dilemma – To Give or Not to Give (And What)


You are walking on the street, going about your business, your stomach content, your rent and bills paid, money in your purse, smartphone in your pocket, and you see a beggar – an old bearded man, all dingy and moldy, or a child in rags, or a woman with a pitifully uncanny expression or her face, or perhaps some disabled person. What do you do? What should you do?

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Should We Argue? Or Should We Not?


The people I argue most with are those that I care about, family and friends. I don’t have a wife – alas, I’m too young for that – but if I’d have one, I suspect I would argue with her the most. It seems to me that the closer you are to a person, the most likely you are to argue with her.

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