A Shrinking World Metaphor
A recent buzz by @Renee Iseli - Smits evoked many thoughts and ideas in my head. I commented on the buzz by writing “You know that your buzz is great metaphor for the world that collapsed into a pub. Here you find people with many languages, different hobbies and behaviors, different cultures, different ages and interests and any think you might think of. How to get rid of the resulting chaos? An idea for a buzz and soon”.
The buzz reminded me of a metaphor that I used along with Bas de Baar, which I described in a recent buzz. The world is becoming like fish that used to live in the ocean and is now confined to living in a pond with the challenges this new life brings.
The pub metaphor jumped to my mind as we confine the world to people gathering in a pub. This is the World Pub in which rich and poor, locals and foreigners, old and young, blak and white and male and female may meet in one place.
People tend to behave differently in groups than when alone. Interestingly, this phenomenon is not limited to human, even metal and ionic clusters do the same. The clusters have variability of properties depending on the number of their constituent particles, which in turn are different from the bulk matter. Groups of people in a pub behave similarly and show variances in behavior that are unlike those properties in their medium (pub). There are some interesting publications that support this assumption.
There is a general understanding in science that there exists no direct bond between two bodies; it is always stronger through a third party. I liken this to a wife and husband who have a real bond through their association with their kids. This idea is augmented by considering pubs as the third space between home and work. A "third space" that encourages socialization. Pubs are the third place where people may exhibit their social value. AS the pub isn’t a home or a work place; more it is the intersection of the two. It has therefore its own spice.
We can see pubs as the mirrors of social movement. In the past, pubs were restricted to males. Females weren’t allowed in. Now not only women are permitted to walk in, but their kids too. Pubs reflected segregation in societies with bars limited to the poor class, others to the medium class and others for the elite class.
Pubs reflect the impact of policies on the society. Because there are more restrictions now on licensing new pubs there is a growing tendency to establish big bars to accommodate as many guests as possible. The policy makers make rules and businesspeople find new ways to limit their impact ion their businesses.
There is a close relationship between heavy drinking and consumption of alcohols in pubs and the peoples’ economic status. The more disposable money people have, the more they tend to consume alcohol in bars.
Some people consider pubs as a source of preserving social capital. What goes in a pub reflects what goes in a society. For example, the specialty clubs tendency is growing with pubs assigned for the gays, families, sports people. The increased liberties of individuals to express their views that aren’t in conformity with the prevailing social values has led to the establishment of such clubs.
I may dare to say that “tell me to which club you go, and I can tell who you are”.