As I said some time ago, the London Tube is an incredible system of transport, but when it comes to human interaction it’s rather dark and gloomy. People avoid speaking to and looking at one another. Even those who know one another speak sparingly, and if they do communicate, they do it through a vocabulary of expressions only they can understand. So the Underground is a bit of a paradox, modern, vibrant and fast moving, but relationally dead and inanimate.
However, in the midst of all this a little light would often go on. Someone would be sitting there looking at their mobile, which by the way we all seem to do when we get on to the train, and suddenly their eyes would light up, and forgetting their surroundings, they would smile radiantly having connected with someone beyond the relational gloom of the train. For one brief moment a tiny space on the Underground would brighten up with relational light, and I would smile to myself knowing we are human after all, even if it takes a mobile to remind us of that.
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