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How to Shock People
Today we are subjected to all sorts of behavior in an effort to grab our attention. It seems with each passing year we lower the standards set by our predecessors. Our culture feels the need to challenge us with outrageous behavior, which is fine as we need to be provoked every now and then, but over time, just as our bodies with an antibiotic, our minds become immune to this "shocking" behavior. The lines have been blurred and we look to our pop stars to see who can pull the most inciting stunt.
Protest groups want to grab our attention with shocking stunts. With commercials, tv shows, music, and fashion, everything has to push the boundaries in an effort to remain cutting edge.
The recent Grammy awards were a perfect example, our pop singers pulled out all of the stunts. There was blue hair, a pope, an exorcist, and at some point levitation as our stars felt the need to out shock one another with strange behavior. But the most shocking part of all? A plainly dressed, soft spoken singer from England swept the show, winning 6 awards.
With this in mind, I've come up with a short list of things we can all try. You don’t have to be a pop star or celebrity to attempt. You can try this at home, there is no special training needed. Here’s my list of shocking things you can try every day:
Hold the door for someone. What?! Yes, that’s right, the next time you are out, take a minute and hold the door for the next person. Then laugh with your friends at the sight of their face, pure astonishment. They may stare at you as they walk past. They may not even say thank you, don’t let this bother you, you're the one acting strange.
I will have to call you back. The next time you are say, in the line at subway talking on the phone discussing Snooki’s weight loss, tell your friend you will have to call them back so you can order. Shocking! Your friend may seem confused, but explain to him/her that you are, get this, holding up the line and will need to call him/her back. Wow, what is going on? Bonus points if you don’t take the call in the first place, baby steps.
Show Respect to strangers. Yes, show common courtesy and respect to a complete and total stranger. This will shock the living daylights out of most people. Actually use words, maybe even a sir or ma’am and watch as they try to deal with this strange behavior. Do not be offended if the gesture is not returned, your actions may seem foreign and deemed odd by many.
Pull up your pants. Here’s one I don’t understand, it seems the newest fad is to wear skinny jeans, yet still sag them down below your butt. This makes little sense to me, but what do I know? Here’s a sure fire way to shock those around you. Wear pants that fit! Maybe even…….a belt. Wow!
Use manners when in public. Who does this? Very few, that’s why using manners and your quiet voice when in public will definitely get you noticed. Cause a scene by not causing a scene! How Bizarre!
These shocking ideas should give us a good start. I know I have a lot to work on myself. Hopefully we can all start turning the trend and make it acceptable to be normal again. With this peculiar behavior, we may shock others into following our lead. While most people look up to celebrities, maybe we can still have an influence with some strange behavior of our own. So the next time you’re out, go ahead and shock some people.