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May. 29th, 2005 | 10:09 pm
mood: contemplativecontemplative
music: Tool

I want to write about a strange event that happened today.

I headed out to lunch during a heavy storm, throwing away lesley's old broken umbrella and buying a new one. One the way back I noticed that a large plastic sign (3 metres long) had fallen down. I stopped in front of it and stared for a moment, wondering if I should pick it up and re-attach it to the fence. In the end, for whatever reason, I didn't attach it, and continued on my way.

This would not be so remarkable if I had not seen the same sign lying on the ground 6 hours later when I went out for dinner! By that time, several thousand people must have walked past it, each pondering the same question as I had. Or perhaps not pondering those questions at all. Who knows? But whatever they had pondered or not pondered, I again pondered that question. And this time I stopped and put up the sign.

As I was putting it up, some primary school children stopped and stared excitedly at the sign, commenting to each other. Several other people also looked over as they noticed the sign going up. I think they all thought that they were priveliged enough to be the first to see a new sign. After the sign was fully up the excitement subsided, and people went about their business.

I continued to sun plaza and ate my chicken chop with rice, and wondered.. why is it that we avoid doing even the smallest tasks, because they are not our responsibility? We don't pick up rubbish and put it in the bin. We don't fix things when we walk past and see them obviously broken. Why so much self-obsession? Especially when the rewards of knowing that you have done something are far greater than the rewards of arriving home 2 minutes earlier.

Humans are illogical.

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from: anonymous
date: Jun. 1st, 2005 08:42 am (UTC)

Hi Brian, What would it have taken the first time past the sign to overcome the momentum of inaction?

Last weekend I gave Bridget a thrashing in water chess! We are in sailing courses on maricats 1 hours drive north of the harbour bridge.

Peter and auntie Biddy

Pete neglected to mention that the lesson prior he gave us both a swimming lesson by capsizing the boat.
I'm also quite proud that Caleb taught Paula something about computers, I witnessed the lesson and in view of the reversed roles it was fun.
Love to you both, keep well and happy on your adventures

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A late reply..

from: btherl
date: Feb. 17th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)

I think that what it would have taken is courage. I'm scared that I will put the sign up the wrong way, or that I'm not supposed to put the sign back up. Or that people will think I'm stupid for doing something which is not selfish.

Thanks for your comment! I don't think I've read this :) That water chess sounds like fun.. and free swimming lessons are a bonus.

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