It is most interesting how people treat each other in different countries. Some have high levels of social protocol and interaction, others are laid back, some are more distrustful to strangers, others warm and welcoming. In Switzerland there appears to be a lot of social rules that I simply don’t grasp, and for the life of me, probably won’t, no matter how long I live here
There are fairly stringent social, work, and personal boundaries here as opposed to the United States. While everyone is polite in the small towns and unless there is a football match and you happen to be on the train with a bunch of drunks – people are well behaved.
But the way one greets a friend, worker, acquaintance, and stranger – just isn’t me.
I was always raised to treat everyone the same, not hold judgment to one that might more than the one that has less, and yes, after traveling all over – I learned we are all pretty much the same – we want someone to accept us for who and where we are – not judge us.
The later part happens behind the scenes here. It is part of the human condition of mankind; until we decide to all change it.
Even the dogs here are for the most part very well behaved and I haven’t seen too many of the treated like we do in the states as celebrity play toys of sorts. When you see how big the pet industry in the use is, and then compare that with how many kids are note getting decent food and nutrition at home, it will give you a clue of the skew in society.
With that said, it really doesn’t matter where in the world you are. People will be people. Magnificent piles of emotional substance, working many times with an emptiness of logic that is fueled by ego and self.
Maybe that is why this dog stood out so much in Switzerland. I call her sassy – the pissed off dog who got up too early and was upset that her picture was being taken –sans make up.
Ah vanity. i think the dog looks just fine. it barked at me to first get a pedicurist, makeup and hair stylist in before taking the image. maybe she was a movie star dog in her earlier years?