I find it rather sad that people readily smile and hug a "symbol of kindness" more readily than they would the person inside the costume...... That says something more about people or the culture than the guy in the costume really, because nobody has a clue who's inside there of course. But since culture's invisible, that leaves people.
It makes me think a lot about what we do here, on the net or irl wearing a costume. Everybody wants and needs acceptance on a basic level, this is more basic than "oh he just wants attention". Trying on a new identity, behaving differently, experimenting... Heh, it reminds me of a friend I had a couple years ago. This friend would try on new "genres" of clothing every week or every day. One day he would look like a punk, the next day - country western, next day - plain jeans and t-shirt. I used to know another guy who would change the slang he used and mannerisms based on who he was talking to relate to them better.
Anywho, just stuff to make ya think! *flops to sleep*