Tuesday, October 03, 2006

I Think It Would Be A Great Idea

I think it would be a great idea if...

...when towns had "junk pick-up" days, people were allowed to drive around and see if there was anything they liked before the trucks rolled. It might save 50% of the amount to be hauled, people would find things they want and it would be fun to meet people. It's the same as scavenging at the town dump, but with a little more dignity.

...instead of calling it a "break," at work, we called it for what it is: "Recess." It worked in grammar school; it can work in the office. We would go outside together, chat, have something to drink or a little snack. Then the bell would ring and we'd go back inside again.

...everybody in the same generation were on a first-name basis. I see no reason to tack on a job title (Senator, Attorney, Reverend, Doctor) when the name your parents gave you was important to them and important enough to be baptized, christened or dedicated with. It's gotten so that everybody has a title now.

...people realized that a yellow traffic light means "clear the intersection." It does not mean "go faster"; sometimes it means "better stop, 'cause you're not going to make it before I turn red and someone t-bones you." I think I can say, without fear of contradiction, that there will be another green light coming along within a minute or so.

...people realized (speaking of driving) that the right-of-way is something the other person gives you. If he doesn't give it to you, you don't have it. Likewise, never argue the right-of-way with a vehicle that has more wheels than yours.

...we realized we are not the most important person in the world. Or, at least, in the neighborhood, on the road or in a store. There are plenty others with the same needs, in the same hurry, just as tired, worried, got the same aches and pains. If they are slower, having a problem thinking, maybe a bit forgetful, we should adapt that tombstone engraving: "As you are, so was I; as I am, so shall you be."

3 Comments:

Blogger D.K said...

Speaking about titles. I had a prof. at seminary who said that all the titles that could be awarded to a priest should be bestowed on the newly ordained. As the years go by, these titles and awards should be taken away.
The course was Humility 101.

October 04, 2006 2:13 PM  
Blogger Gort said...

I make it a point of calling my doctor, lawyer, dentist, etc. by their first names. They work for me.

October 04, 2006 5:19 PM  
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