What if we treated other human beings the way we treat dogs we meet on the beach.
Here's what I mean.
I noticed as various dogs wandered past me and the people around me that most of us stopped what we were doing, reached out a hand, said hello, spoke with the dog, petted it if would allow it, and smiled.
Why don't we do the same with other people? I mean, not necessarily the petting and stuff, but the saying hello in a simple, easy, happy-making way.
My feeling about it is that we don't want to engage in a conversation. We just want a quick, positive connection with something that isn't going to be weird or uncomfortable or take up too much of our time or energy. Like, a dog doesn't exactly invade your private "me time" when it's just passing through.
But maybe our lives would be a lot richer if we connected with each other more.
You know, a metaphorical reaching out of a hand to be sniffed.
God, that sounded weird!