ORDER AMONG BEASTS vs HUMAN INCONSIDERATION
May I begin by saying even stray dogs remain in ‘their own lanes’. Birds flying high manage to miss each other in the sky. Humans on the other hand tend to be by far, the most ‘interesting’ of all creatures.
Take a casual stroll along any walkway. You’ll notice we meander all over the place. People while walking do not bother to notice how to position their bodies in respect to others of our kind. The haphazard movement of pedestrians when we are thrown together is very often in disarray, but it seems no one bothers to notice. Interestingly enough people negotiate dangerous traffic along busy turnpikes, much more safely than when taking to the sidewalk. Why is it we seem more comfortable passing others in a vehicle at fifty-five miles an hour than approaching a nanny on the walkway taking an evening stroll? Is it only when we walk about that we fail to respect another’s access to public lanes?
Were one to stand in a beautiful garden watching a parade of butterflies, their movement would be art-like. Bunches of insects flutter about all day long, doing their work in a choreographed manner. They move at a racing-pace at their own level, yet seem to glide by with care and consideration one for the other.
We folks bump and bang into each other though, even on wide city streets. Electronic signals and color coordinated signs are not enough to keep us on track. Commuting patrons tend to push with vigor onto a train car as if it were the last one ever to leave a station. Riders shove paying customers about on city buses with the attitude of impatient delinquents.
When I walk my dog on the sidewalk he “heels” at my command. He moves in a reasonable manner to greet other dogs then proceeds gracefully on to his orderly romp in the park. On our way out we notice humans who do not seem to realize nor care that they bumped an old man leaning on a cane, or clipped a parent carrying a toddler.
We blindly violate right and left directions on pathways marked clearly as ‘lanes’. It seems no one who is in a hurry is ever in the wrong. When an accident does occur, instead of lending a helping-hand, we go so far as to curse the person with a backward glance.
Raise your eyes, study a swarm of common gnats, you’ll learn a valuable lesson. Even they manage to avoid each…