my time in denmark made me realize that there’s an odd little conversation that happens between americans when they greet each other, especially in passing. it goes like this:
person 1: hi!
person 2: hi! how are you?
person 1: good, how are you?
person 2: good!
i’m sure you witness this, or even take part in this, at least 10 times a day. i find myself guilty of it too. WHY do we do this? if i asked a dane how they were, they would take the question literally, we would both sit down (because the danes are socialist and sitting makes people be the same height), and tell me — really tell me — how they’ve been doing. when americans answer ‘good,’ they usually don’t even mean it.
i’m going to make it my personal goal to stop asking people how they are, unless i actually do care and want to hear about it.