Centers of the Universe?
New York City is home to some of the most influential people in the world. It also attracts a large number of them from abroad. What’s interesting is how their importance seems to rub off on the rest of us.
Walking down any busy street in Manhattan, you get the feeling that everyone is operating with a heavy dose of self-importance, on their way to some important meeting. It’s like NASCAR without the cars. Walking in this city is a contact sport, and you’ll get run over if you’re not careful.
Etiquette in office buildings isn’t much better. Hell, you can’t even get people to hold the elevator for you, god forbid you slow them down. It makes me think of the line in a famous quote by Billy Collins, which he wrote about Grand Central. “ The city orbits around eight million centers of the universe.” Truer words have never been spoken…