Everytime I see someone waitng at the traffic-lights, scruffing though their hair and then looking around, I can hear their thoughts “What do people think about me?”. When I see young guys going down the street with one trouser leg tucked up because thats so hip (despite looking completely strange), I can hear the same thoughts. Same with Metal-shirts (which I wore myself 3 years ago) and gothic outfits, where the need for distincion pairs with the search for identity. A boy at the beach streching his arm to look into his camera as if he has great fun, all alone, making multiple shots, thinking “What will people think when they see this?”. People posting strange stuff on Twitter, thinking about other peoples reactions. People should stop thinking too much about what others will think about them. TV commercials showing off teenagers using some anti-pimple-paste and be adored in school.
But it can also be other way round. Some people give absolutely nothing on other thoughts, on society, on values. This Diogenean way of seeing life cynically it also fatal, as it implicites a life cut off from society. Nevertheless:
“What do people think of me?” seems to be one of the most overrated and stupid question that makes our society a mess.