In my post the other day about the lorry someone left a tongue in cheek comment about Maffi
“..had it happened to Maffi, of course, well... ;-)”
Maffi isn’t renowned in our parts for letting things go or keeping the peace when something bad happens to him but the comment did make me wonder again how people do see him, especially following the vandalism to his boat (and subsequent police visit in which I had to verify a few things which I didn’t enjoy).
Often people don’t see behind the fog that fills their vision from their own or others issues and their interpretation of the so-called “facts”. Often, I find, the critical finger that points is just the one that isn’t pointing back at oneself three times over. I wonder if the many people that read Maffi’s blog or interact with him would put him down as a good Samaritan?
I can think of several people who would stop short if they discovered that a man on the bus this morning would think of Maffi like that. Someone said to me once ‘oh you know what Maffi is like’ and they actually meant the grumps, not the good (which is my usual default of thought). People seem to enjoy focusing on grumps the negative, the bad don’t they.
So, the man on the bus this morning. His grasp of English was lacking and his bus card didn’t seem to be working. He had paperwork to show that he should have money on the bus pass but the driver couldn’t accept it. The driver told him to buy a ticket and claim the money back later but unfortunately he didn’t have any cash on him and he had to get to work. Without a fuss Maffi noticed what was going on and stood up and paid the fare. I doubt anyone even noticed. I wouldn’t have decided what to do before the man was thrown off the bus and we were wending our merry way into the thriving metropolis. Maffi did.
I wonder if he will get any brownie points (not that he wants them) or will this example of good will be stuffed under the carpet and regarded as a glitch in the matrix?
Sometimes I think people just look for a fight.