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There is a man who stands stark naked in Florence Italy everyday doing absolutely nothing He simply stares out over the heads of dozens of civilians and tourists alike being idle in a world so full of motion You may expect that he is observed in his nude state by unforgiving eyes eyes that negatively associate him with the dozens of insane men and women roaming through cities all over the globe How could people not judge this man for doing nothing He should be working or shopping or texting on his smart phone And yet this man is admired People travel all over the world to see Michelangelos seventeen foot tall marble man whose name is David David is not questioned because he does nothing It is simply accepted that he has no purpose other than to stand still However when a living breathing human stands still among many bustling bodies they can expect to meet several reactions other than acceptance Passersby may judge or question the still body They may grant funny looks Or worst of all they may assume that a person doing nothing is abnormal I went to the Student Center Bookstore at 900 AM on September 25th to conduct an experiment The goal was to see how people who were going about their usual business would perceive me and my friend Gavin while we were doing absolutely nothing among them just as David does nothing The bookstore was fairly busy and numerous customers were roaming around when we arrived We each chose an aisle across from one another and stood near the front of it Gavin set his watch and the ten minute experiment began At first I felt absolutely ridiculous I was certain that I looked like a fool After all nobody just stands around doing nothing I could not help but laugh at myself and how I must have looked to an outsider While I tried
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