So, I bicycled over to the supermarket earlier this evening. I was wandering the vegetable section when I saw this attractive blonde walk past, a baby balanced on her hip. She was probably about 23 years old and was wearing khaki shorts and a white sleeveless shirt. I glanced at her face and her expression was just dead. No emotion at all. Her expression was just flat and dead.

Something about it just screamed "abused" to me. She turned and I glanced at her left shoulder. Sure enough, she had a handprint imprinted on her skin in black & blue there.

It's a little hard to believe in solipsism when you see people that so obviously have lives outside the sphere of your reality.

I wish there was something I could have done for her or for her child. Instead, she walked on past and I continued to look at tomatoes.

(originally posted to Tailcast)

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Comment by Brian on July 8, 2008 at 9:10am
Luk, thanks for adding the definition. :)
Comment by Luk on July 8, 2008 at 9:03am
Just some info for those who (like me) don't know the word 'solipsism':

Solipsism (Latin: solus, alone + ipse, self) is the philosophical idea that "My mind is the only thing that I know exists." Solipsism is an epistemological or metaphysical position that knowledge of anything outside the mind is unjustified. The external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist. In the history of philosophy, solipsism has served as a skeptical hypothesis.

(I looked it up on Wikipedia)



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