We’re back with I’m Right, You’re Wrong, and with referring to myself as the royal we. Uncomfortable, right?
Let’s get straight to work!
Today’s dilemma is: When someone greets you with a hi, how are you?what is the appropriate response?
Disagreers: People who grew up in the United States and People who grew up in the former Soviet Union.
Position One: The appropriate response is always a variation of “not bad” “pretty good” “hanging in there” or “can’t complain.” On rare occasions it’s ok to indulge in a “thank God it’s almost Friday.” No one gives a shit about how you are, they’re just being polite and making small talk. Anything other than “fine” prolongs the agony.
Position Two: If someone is stupid enough to ask how you are, they deserve to hear it all, in detail. Why should you suffer alone? Why do you have to fake happiness or being “fine”? For whose benefit? What’s the point of asking someone how they are if you don’t care? Such nonsense. It gives me a splitting headache. Probably a brain tumor. Malignant.
What say you? And, by the way, how are you?