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If there is something that is not discussed is that Argentines love to queue (in the sense of “doing lines”, because if there is another thing we love is to find a double sense to everything). I never understood why; there must be something, surely, in delegating responsibility for the decision: if a lot of people choose it, so do I. Why should I take the job of evaluating pros and cons if someone else has already done it? (The problem is that many times we also vote like that, and the result is no longer so innocuous.)
We choose not to choose, which, even if we do not want to see it, is also a choice. We want to think that we don't choose not to take care of the consequences, but we are choosing, in the worst way but finally choosing.
But let's get back to the queues. If a restaurant has 20% of the tables occupied and next door there is a queue to enter, we tend to choose the one in the queue. Why? Does anyone understand why we choose to ignore that in the vacuum it is much more feasible to be cared for us better because they are less saturated with work, or that we can choose the best table or that we do not have to wait for the bathroom? The envious will say that I don't want to believe that the bar that usually has more people has better cooking quality, and that's why people choose to waste time in line waiting for their turn to eat. And that, on the contrary, the option of empty saló realizes that the food is not good, care is medium hair or prices are inconsistent. Let me tell you that both claims are unprovable Why do we choose to think that if there are no people “for something will be”? Better, let's just leave it there, we're inches away from going into a more complicated discussion.
And let's not to mention when we see an accumulation of people on the street and we approach a soap opera rabble to see what's going on. It doesn't matter if we're in a hurry to get somewhere, we take the time to spend a few precious minutes to ask concealously (or not so concealously) what happened, whether it's the policeman who is taking care of the situation, the kiosk or anyone (just as curious as us) who is a while ago at the scene of the event. Then we consider ourselves much more than those television programs and internet portals whose content is, in its entirety, generated by “gossip” of the show. How are these kinds of productions not going to work, years ago, if we're their perfect audience? We want to know everything.
The same happens on the routes and motorways when a lot of cars accumulate in line and we are stopped by man's step. Many times the reason is that there is some traffic accident and that naturally complicates the passage. But it also happens that the passage slows down because every person who drives the car and passes by the side of the crash stops a few seconds to see what happened. Again, we want to know everything, no matter how much delay we cause in the line where we are part whether we want or not.
Another everyday example: the supermarket . We choose to “nail” one in the longest row because we interpret that the one that is most empty is not for us for some reason (or because it is assigned to people who require priority, such as pregnant, disabled people or older adults) or because we exceed the number of products we can go through there. We made the decision to stay in line without questioning and, many times, not getting close to reading whether the empty boxes around us effectively have a signage indicating all this. It is very common to see box workers stretching their neck to more than being able to tell more than one, as kind as possible, that you can approach that box. There's nothing more to yell, “don't be ashamed, come in.”
Anyway. I'm going to the bank. I wish there's no queue.
Publication Date: 19/04/2018
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