"In 1958 a group of well-known professional football players from Algeria sneaked out of France and gathered in Tunisia to create an F.L.N. football team. Traveling to Eastern Europe and Asia, they used the sport as a weapon of war, a tool of diplomacy, and an act of political imagination. When the team played, the flag of the revolutionary movement was raised and its anthem sung, and imagining that Algeria would one day be independent became a little bit easier."
"Big cities have bustling corridors where saying “hello” would be out of place. But there are plenty of places, even within the most densely packed city, which lend themselves to neighborly acknowledgement: an apartment building, an office, a quieter residential street. After all, the feeling of connectedness is one of the benefits of living in a city. Let’s make sure to utilize it. It’s good for us."
Why You Should Say ‘Hello’ to Strangers on the Street