It Happened Just Today...
I drove by a certain bus stop, and I noticed a young girl standing there - aged 16 or 17, but maturely dressed. Blended Asian-Caucasian ancestry, to judge by her looks. Rather pretty.
She caught my eye and fluttered her hand in the air, her lips forming words, signalling that she wished to speak to me. What the hell; I pulled over next to the curb and rolled the window halfway down.
I gathered that she was waiting for a bus which had somehow not appeared as expected. She wanted a ride to the main bus stop at the bottom of the hill half-a-mile away. And without any clear say-so from my side, she tried to open the door and get into the car.
The door, of course, was locked.
Now, the most parsimonious explanation is, that she was a naive and trusting person. I myself am no such person. Our present world is such, that to be naive and trusting is not a wise thing.
I politely but rather brusquely informed her that I would not be giving her a ride to the bus stop at the bottom of the hill. Then I rolled the window up, put the car in gear, and took it down the road - leaving her standing in the rain.
And while I was driving away, I could not forebear to reflect on how symbolic it all was....