”There is an old German fable about porcupines who need to
huddle together for warmth but are in danger of hurting each
other with their spines.
When they find the optimum distance to share each other’s warmth
without putting each other’s eyes out, their state of contrived
cooperation is called good manners.
Well, those old German fabulists certainly knew a thing or two.
When you acknowledge other people, the signal goes out,
I’M HERE. YOU’RE THERE.I’M STAYING HERE. YOU’RE
STAYING THERE. AREN’T WE BOTH GLAD WE SORTED THAT
When people don’t acknowledge each other politely, the lesson
from the porcupine fable is unmistakable. FREEZE OR GET
STABBED, MATE. ITS YOUR CHOICE.