I remember during the years of (senior)Primary school, when the teacher put a boy/girl between 2 girls/boys as the case may be, as his/her permanent seat for the entire term/session. The rest of the class usually considered the boy/girl a victim of misfortune, because the boy/girl in question was automatically ‘humbled’ until that position was reversed (unless the person in question was a natural-tyrant). The ‘humility’ usually arose as a result of the obvious side-lining by, and outnumbering of the opposite sex. The victim therefore had very low chances of winning any ‘seat’ argument/decision.
While I rejoice that I was never a victim in Primary School, I think this type of scenario often repeats itself in real adult situations, either by choice or ‘unforeseen’ circumstances.
Yesterday, I witnessed one inside one of our school taxis. These taxis which usually carry 3 in the back seat, already had I and a guy seated at both ends, waiting for the 3rd passenger. Shortly, as another lady opened the car-door at the guy’s side to enter and complete us for the brief journey, the guy jumped out, and asked the girl to sit in the middle. In shock and wonder, the girl asked why, and Mr young guy said “I cannot sit in between 2 girls”… oops!
That was a straw, because miss young lady got offended, and refused to oblige.
I was shocked too, very, but because of peace, and the fact that I wanted the vehicle to reach its destination immediately, I shifted to the middle, and pleaded with the lady to sit at ‘my’ end.
Of course the argument continued inside the car with the girl accusing him of low self esteem, and the guy refusing to be sidelined- it was an ‘uncultural’ thing for him…
So, people, what do you think of situations like these… Do they really mean anything?