You aren’t alone in these feelings.
Jim Reeves

Thank you, Jim, for your response. I often write about how unaware people in Istanbul are on the streets. I see everyone and everything. I even mention noticing honey that comes from a city in East Turkey to a student once and she told me that she was impressed that I knew about the honey because a lot of Turkish people she talks to say they don’t know about it. I notice that people in Turkey don’t notice each other much; that many of these people’s entire worlds are their families and their own beliefs and they don’t see anything and anyone else. I suppose this is the way everywhere and that there are merely individuals like us who notice more scattered everywhere in the world. Perhaps some cities in the world have a lower concentration of people who are oblivious of others, I hope.

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