A man named Danny holds his own personal protest against walking through life half awake (or is it half asleep?). He seems like a "bloody nutter" (as the police descibed him when they showed up after I snapped these pics), but if you talk to him for a few minutes, you find that he is actually quite rational.
When I was in the Victoria Train Station, purchasing tickets to South Bromley, where Darwin’s Down House is located, I ran into this man. I watched him for a few minutes and then decided that the Brits are truly strange if they pay a man a living wage to stand stock-still on a stepladder in a London train station, holding a sign that tells us “everything is ok” — what’s with that?? But on the other hand, the Brits have set a precedent by paying the guards at Buckingham Palace to do the same thing, so .. I walked over to have a little conversation with the man.
I learned that his name is Danny and his personal philosphy is that one should live mindfully, thoughtfully, and always with an eye towards changing one’s view of the world in view of new information. That’s a really scientific way of living, I think, so his point of view seemed rational to me, even if his way of expressing himself is somewhat unusual. But as our conversation progressed, he mentioned that he often is harassed by the police and has even been threatened with arrest — odd, since he is clearly non-violent. Danny also mentioned that he can be found at the Speaker’s Platform in Hyde Park.
Then Danny mentioned that I was a figment of his imagination (and vice versa — a viewpoint that I sometimes have sympathy for, although this alternative perception of reality combined with his unusual way of expressing it might be viewed as a reason to incarcerate him). We had an interesting conversation, and he also shared the other side of his sign with me (below), but I never asked him why he bothers to stand there with his signs if all of us are figments of his imagination.
A man named Danny holds his own personal protest against walking through life half awake (or is it half asleep?). He seems like a "bloody nutter" (as the police descibed him when they showed up after I took these pics), but if you talk to him for a few minutes, you find that he is actually quite rational.
While I purchased my tickets, the police closed in and threatened to arrest Danny (one referred to him as a “bloody nutter” under his breath) if he didn’t move along. Interestingly, he gave his sign to an observer and asked that person to hold it up for him, but the police were having none of that! He left without being arrested, his job done for the day.
I also forgot to mention that I hate Helvetica, but does that mean that Danny suffers from split personality disorder since he clearly uses one of the Helvetica-style fonts for his sign? Hrm….