For the purpose of this thread and to maintain the anonymity of the parties involved I’m going to use the name Bob.
First is a bit of back story. For a long time Bob didn’t like to talk about the news. In fact, he resented when I’d bring it up though he never told me, preferring to complain to a mutual friend. One may suggest it was because he didn't want to hear bad news or that hearing about other people's suffering made him feel guilty about not being able to do anything about it, but one day he admitted to the mutual friend that it was because he simply didn’t care. He added that he didn't feel a thing about Katrina or 911 because, “A lot of people in Palestine died from wars”. I suppose he resented it, yet in all the years I knew Bob he didn’t do anything personally to raise awareness about Palestine. He didn’t like it when I brought up the latest news regarding that region though. He could blog about it, or make a web page or contribute to local papers or anything if it bothered him so much, but he preferred to sit and complain and nothing else. When the tsunami hit, furthermore, he did nothing, wrote nothing, and sent nothing despite someone he considered a dear friend losing an uncle in the disaster. That’s how much interest Bob had in world events.
Years later suddenly Bob seemed to take an interest in the world around him. He wrote a blurb about a comic book store owner he doesn’t know being shot in a robbery, asking people to donate then weeks later promised to make a donation to the starving and less fortunate. A more optimistic person might think Bob is turning over a new leaf, but I dug a little. It turns out a publisher posted about the robbery first, and a few friends he knows, one possibility connected to a girl Bob has an interest in, posted about the horrible death tolls in China and Myanmar (Burma).
It made me doubt Bob had really changed and he really cared. It seemed to me Bob was trying to impress people or polish up his image. He’s never volunteered, donated, written, or talked about any of this before. He takes up hobbies, like a brief stint trying art, in order to connect to girls he likes. It reminds me of an old Brady Bunch episode where Marsha or Jan (I don’t remember which one) pretends to like bugs in order to get closer to a boy she likes at school. *wry chuckle*
Maybe I’m being too harsh, but considering Bob’s track record, I don’t believe I am. What do you think? Do you have any stories to share about a person or even a situation not being what it seems?