My Fellow Citizens
That was my initial perception of her seemingly involuntary expression. Was she really concerned about something? Who’s to say?
I am concerned about how our species goes about perceiving this world. I’m curious to know what others see. Do they see this face as I have seen it or do they have a different take? What is their take? How do they see the world we share? How do others see me?
There are two psychology arguments regarding our ability to read faces. One is that the ability to recognize emotions through facial expression is a universal human trait (it’s also recognized as an ability of some other animal species). The other is that it isn’t, and that emotions are recognized by social standards that are accepted.
In other words, in consideration of that latter case, where I have seen concern someone else may see indifference due to the person merely daydreaming about something that really isn’t problematic in any way.
My mental interpretation could just as easily be a result of my mind seeing what it wants to see. If so, it begs the question; why would I want to see someone looking concerned?
Where this would not be an issue for some, I’m struck fearful of becoming insensitive to the feelings of my fellow human being. I want to ensure that I will not be callous to the needs of others. Isn’t this important to improving the standards of any large or small community?