How Are You?

I had a curious thought while listening to my mom on the phone. Why do people ask complete strangers “How are you?”  when they really don’t care for the real answer? I know it’s out of courtesy but why ask in the first place? The routine answer is usually, “I’m fine, how are you?” or something. Even when we’re having a crappy day it’s still, “I’m fine.”

What if as a whole we start answering that question with the truth, will we stop asking people that question?

“How are you?”
“Horrible. My dog just died. You?”
“Wow. Umm. I’m sorry. I’m doing ok.”

“How are you?”
“Awesome!! Been having a great day! How about yourself?”
“Ugh. Not so great.”

Could we handle the awkwardness of the truth?

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