I just returned from the Philippines to the UK. Without thinking I find myself saying hello to people, or commenting to people as it feels the natural thing to do. It is really shocking to me the fact that they don’t even reply and just walk past even in our own street. The UK wasn’t like this fifty years ago, when everyone spoke, or even ten years ago. I’m not talking about the big city. This is a small county town of about 60,000 inhabitants. Yet they’re so lost into their TVs, cars, mobile phones, money and suburban houses, that they can no longer communicate spontaneously with another human being.
This fellow sums it all up very well.
Drop the fear, and say hello when another human being talks to you.