Perth is an angry city. One of the things that is glaringly noticeable about coming home to this city is how generally angry this city’s mentally ill and/or antisocial people are, especially after dark. On the trip home tonight, I noticed three separate examples of angry street-weirdness, one of which went on and fucking on with the endurance the Energiser Bunny might envy.
The mentally ill and/or homeless in Cebu were evident because either their hair was matted, they were naked or semi-naked, and clearly doing nothing in particular strangely in a country in which doing nothing is actually a refined art (be it practiced in social street-sitting or merely making the most of being idle.) But never did I notice any aggression or anger from them; indeed they seemed as laid-back and neutral as all the other locals were. (Granted, I did not see the Philippines at night as I do of home.)
Maybe it’s drugs, or alcohol, or the mistreatment of the indigenous people here. But the Philippines has similar problems, and some other significant social issues Australia has not faced. I have no idea why, but I think the difference is noticeable and I think there is probably something about the culture of here that makes anger and rage almost the easiest emotion to revert to.