Here, in America, two common phrases we teach our children are “Stranger Danger” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers.” The phrases are simply meant to dissuade children from talking to people they don’t know.
Why do we fear strangers? Strangers represent the unknown to us. And we fear the unknown and what we don’t understand.
But as for me, I fear what I know. Because people I have let close to me have hurt me far greater than any stranger.
We allow ourselves to be hurt by others and we put value on words and actions from those individuals we allow to be close to us.
There is risk in never knowing a stranger.
There is also risk in trusting no one and finding ourselves alone, forever, without any friends.