“You never really understand a person,” Harper Lee wrote as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, “until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Of course, literally climbing inside someone’s skin and going about your business is frowned upon. So perhaps Lee was using this Texas Chainsaw Massacre-esque imagery as a metaphor. For empathy.
What we do know, is that Lee was obviously referring to the misunderstood people of Western Australia; a people who we don’t consider nearly enough.
Last week, Hotels.com sent us on a holiday to Perth, and we learnt something… chilling.
We’d heard whispers, of course. And by whispers we mean people yelling through the internet at 8:30pm on weeknights. But we didn’t understand. Not until we lived it.