I run communication workshops and am amazed to see how frightened and difficult it is for people to walk down and street and say hello to a 'stranger'. They have prioritized 'stranger' above 'fellow human being' and therefore hestitate to connect, are terrified of eye contact and embarassed to say 'Hello!"
I walked a highly trafficked Los Angeles street saying hello to every single person and waving to drivers. It was my own expression of the joy of being alive as well as my response to the alienation I felt suffocating the human spirit. At first there was astonishment, some even thought I might be crazy but as I openly and authentically engaged them all keeping the connection light and playful there were a lot more smiles. People felt 'seen'.