I'm not saying that people won't help out if someone is having a problem. I'm saying that people aren't interested in the minutiae of other people's lives. Talk therapies, introspection and knowing yourself are all very popular these days so it's easy to think other people might share our own fascination with ourselves. If they did, Dale Carnegie wouldn't have made a fortune teaching people to fake interest!
It's only when people are in love that the minutiae of someone else's life suddenly becomes fascinating. We are told that God knows every hair on our heads. This interest in detail is used to show how much God loves us.
It can seem like our closest friends and family are interested, but this is usually an exchange of interest "you tell me your stories and I'll tell you mine." We might think that people are interested in their own children, but if I asked one of the boys "how was your day at school?" and I really did get a detailed recount of everything that happened I think I'd soon switch off! Some people are interested in every detail of celebrity lives, but as soon as that person is no longer a celebrity the interest is gone. So unless you happen to be a great story teller or lead a life other people envy, nobody really cares whether your shower was hot or cold this morning!
Believe it or not there is an upside to people not caring! If you have to speak in public or you arrive at the supermarket wearing your slippers, no one really cares about that either! If you post something on Facebook and no one Likes it, it's no biggy. Try something new and it doesn't work, not a problem. We no longer live in a Jane Austen world where there's nothing much to talk about but bonnets! It also means that when someone makes the effort to listen (or read our blog!) we really appreciate it and when we take the time to listen to other people we're offering them something special.
PS: The picture is from The Truman Show. The ending surprised me. Not because he walked a kind of stairway to heaven but because the viewers just found another channel to watch.