Nothing much to do during Covid-19, we are compelled to being anti-social because that’s the “new normal”! Wear a mask, distance yourself from others, refrain from socializing, wash your hands a million times a day, etc.
And now Thailand is in the midst of a 3rd wave, so restrictions are tighter than it has been, even though the government fails to announce a lockdown, sensible people are staying at home. We have grown accustomed to this disruptive new order, and why not because it has been over a year now since the first case of infections was detected in Thailand, people have changed, adults work at home and kids study online, that is the new unsocial.
We used to think that our children were unsociable, they used text messaging and chatted to their friends instead of calling each other up, worse than that they chatted and argued with people online, whom they have never met, nor know anything about apart from the made up “profile” on social media. But now adults are in on the act, I can’t even remember when my friends had a get-together, it’s been that long.
What happens to the human mind when you lose face-to-face communication, teamwork, hugging, and touching. Go fucking mental is what.
Today I had to get out of the house so I decided to cycle to my regular bike shop to get a new pair of tires, and also check out the graffiti in the deserted tower nearby.
According to Britannica, “graffiti is a form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group. Although the common image of graffiti is a stylistic symbol or phrase spray-painted on a wall by a member of a street gang, some graffiti is not gang-related. Graffiti can be understood as antisocial behavior performed in order to gain attention or as a form of thrill seeking, but it also can be understood as an expressive art form.” Though I’ve never met a graffiti artist in person, in my mind they aren’t anti-social gang members, more like street artists who want a big canvas to express themselves…. at least that’s how I view it.
Interestingly enough, Wikipedia states “graffiti has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire“, well yes of course, it’s like those cave drawings from the stone age, what our kids are drawing now could be viewed as having archaeological significance in the future 🙂
Check-out the video I made of my adventure.