Something random. Are you comfortable being outside while wearing a pair of earphones or headsets? When I go to work every night it’s impossible for me not to chance upon at least one person with an earphone or a Skullcandy-ish headset. They’d sit beside me in the bus, pass by while crossing the street, and jog past along Ayala Triangle.
I can’t help but wonder, anong volume ng music nila?
I tend to imagine numerous scenarios which strengthen my refusal to go soundtripping while outside the comfort of my house where people are vulnerable to almost everything.
What if you’re walking on one side of the road with a pair of headsets on your head and a long-lost friend sees you from the other side? He/she starts screaming for your attention but you can’t hear him/her because you’re busy listening to Adele. Hwat ip?
What if you’re listening to music inside the bus and a man declares a holdup—that everyone who doesn’t turn to look at him and start giving his/her money would be shot without hesitation? You’re busy listening to Coldplay’s The Scientist so you contemplate on the meaning of life as you stare out the window and watch the raindrops slide down the glass. The holdupper sees that you aren’t paying attention so he plants a bullet in your head. Hwat ip?
What if you are walking on the sidewalk with some emo rock song playing on your earpiece, and then a mile away, a bus is hijacked by a terrorist who has planted an explosive on the brakes. Like in the 90’s movie Speed, if the bus stops, it blows up. So the driver keeps on driving and the wheels skids off the road and then the bus rides along the sidewalk and then everyone gets out of the way and then people are screaming at you to run as well but you cannot hear them because Simple Plan is busy complaining about life on your music player and then the bus runs over you and then your internal organs spread on the sidewalk and then— Hwat ip?
You get my point. Pretty lame for some, but I guess that’s the downside of having such a wild imagination. I mean, the world is a dangerous place. Things can happen. If you even dare decrease your alertness by 30%, you’d be in danger.
The people who usually go out with their ears covered, I praise them for being bold enough to abandon all care in the world just so they can listen to their favourite songs. I wish I could be that lenient to myself, but I’m way too paranoid.
What about you? Are you comfortable being outside wearing a pair of earphones or headsets?