Clearly there is a difference between staring and looking. There’s a certain harshness to staring, you see it in their eyes. Staring leaves an imprint. It makes an imprint so harsh sometimes it cuts through the person and passes beyond. Looking is an extension of seeing. It requires feeling and listening because it’s also about recognition and love. It’s rare in Berlin. It’s mostly gross inhuman indifference, eyes are usually empty or occasionally hostile. Evidence of warmth, momentary glances, genuine smiles are scarce here.

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