The Smile Killer
02 February, 2012
The Smile Killer

Socialism’s worst proclivity is taking smiles off of people’s faces and leaving them without it for a long, long time. And I have not the faintest idea how it manages to do this. I have flown almost every operating airline in the world, and therefore, I have gotten well enough versed in what you call the ‘smile industry’.


Smiles vary in character. They could be natural or fake, warming or chilling, dull or dazzling, spontaneous or fabricated, ever-present or nonexistent.

What I have recently witnessed aboard LOT – the Polish Airlines – is a complete absence of smile on those otherwise attractive faces of the beautiful Polish air-hostesses. Folks, they are not smiling. Period! It looked like a premeditated conspiratorial effort. Yes, they speak, kind of, but they don’t carry even a smattering of that dutiful (forget about God-given) industrially-demanded smile which happens to be an indispensable part of service business today. I wanted either to make them open up and smile or to find some scapegoat for dumping the blame on for leaving those wonderful girls so gloomily devoid of the desire to smile. And I got it! Socialism! It is the trace of already bygone socialist ethics, so deeply encrusted on their souls and minds. Socialism obliterated smiles from the beautiful female faces of Poland. The forfeited smiles could have made those lovely faces even more attractive. Socialism is definitely a killer of a smile. It has killed smile on the face of every soviet-bloc nationality. The service sphere in every socialism-ridden country was left smile-less for almost a century. What a terminator of joy! And why did it happen so that socialism became a master killer of smile all over the place? What kind of psychological prerequisite could be playing a role here? What might be the most reasonable explanation of this killer enigma? Why the girls on board of LOT do not want to smile? They usually squeeze helloes and goodbyes out of themselves with great difficulty. Looking at them, you don’t even want to eat the food they are serving. Even a slight smile could have compensated for those drawbacks. The entire team of Polish airborne hostesses was grim and unduly uptight, not even looking into your eyes when serving food and drinks, saying nothing about their taciturn manner to communicate. I wonder if the flying Polish citizens have noticed the same. The culprit is socialism and the old influence of this morbid organization of a human society! Will this ever fade away? No! The former soviet socialist countries are cursed forever. Probably! It will take them a while to do enough rubbing up against truly humane and civilized societies to put the smiles back on their faces. The smile is gone. I want it back in business again. Finishing this story, I shuddered for a moment at the thought that the American smile (no matter how insincere or genuine) is dead. God forbid! Meanwhile, there is always a chance and a fat one too. The more socialism is allowed in the great country of powerful capitalism, called the United States of America, the fatter becomes the chance to wipe the smiles off from the American faces too.

 

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