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No. 17, Jan. 19, 1968, p. 17

Telling it like it is

it made me sad when the lady fell down in the subway today

it made me sad when the lady fell down in the subway today. Nobody seemed to care, not even her, I don't know, it just kind of made me feel bad inside. I tried to help her up but she wouldn't let me, almost as if she was afraid she would OWE me something, like maybe a smile or a thank you. I think everybody on that subway felt a little bad about it, at least a little ashamed, but they didn't dare show it, almost as though they were afraid they would OWE each other something. So many people so close together and so far apart, almost as if we weren't all in the same subway together, almost as if we weren't all in the same WORLD together. I guess they all go home and THEN they feel like they're home, they certainly weren't at home in that subway. I was. I felt like we were a whole bunch of people all riding a subway together. Someday I'm going to stand up and shout hey look we're all in this subway together. I wonder what'll happen

Mel Lyman