As we know, New Yorkers are seriously defensive. People are always looking out when they run around this concrete jungle, knowing anyone, anything is suspect.
Seriously, I get that we have an attitude of “GET DA FUCK OUTTA MY WAY.” And maybe yes, at times, we can be a little rude, but there are reasons for this so I’m here to defend it.
Actually, I totally support it.
What people don’t seem to understand is that New Yorkers’ defensiveness isn’t about being self entitled. It’s about not knowing the crazy shit that could go down here at any time. How many people have gotten pushed onto subway tracks this past year? 8? How many taxis hit a man? What are the statistics on muggings and assaults? You get it. There’s safety in numbers because you’re less likely to be selected from the pack, but not if you’re the weakest link. It’s a jungle out there, afterall. Survival of the fittest yo.
Not only that, but I’m sorry, but New Yorkers see a million people a day or some odd number. Do we really have the time to stop and say hi to every Johnny walking down the street? No. No we don’t. Nobody would get to work. Nothing would get things done around here, and this city does a lot. So it’s not that we don’t like meeting new people or helping out, it’s that we literally cannot meet every single person and help everyone out.
The world has to function after all.