“Do I put on my indicator to go left even when I am in the left lane?” This was the question that jolted me out of my absent minded stare on the road on a hot afternoon here in California. I was being the experienced driver volunteering for a first time driving license aspirant learning the ropes of driving on the freeways of America. My response of course was, you put your indicator on to express your intent for other drivers to collaborate in the safety and harmony of reaching ones destination; not because it is just a rule you have to abide.
This got me thinking though. Most of us have grown accustomed to doing things rather ritually and mechanically without ever feeling the need to understand the ethos behind the things we do. And perhaps that is why they are called a ritual. Can there be any joy in it? Then why do we profess so much about joy in every sphere of life we can think about and use all the search engines that technology can throw at us in pursuit of that elusive enjoyment? To make it clear, enjoy signifies adding others to the spirit of joy that you experience individually, isn’t it?
Intent is a powerful mechanism that needs to be broadcast at every possible opportunity to create Collaboration and eliminate Confrontation. However is that what we are witnessing in our efforts to grow as a society and commerce? How is this powerful mechanism being channeled to drive inclusivity and inspire originality in our lives? Unfortunately, I can’t find any convincing evidence around me. Can you? I would love to hear…
On the contrary, I heard the other day a perfectly well-endowed person wishing he were handicapped to take advantage of the parking reserved for the handicapped! At Disneyland, I heard people wish that they had someone disabled with them so that they could avoid the lines and go directly to the front of the line without having to pay a premium for their experience of the rides. What is the reason that a 75 year old woman comes to a morning shift at Denny’s to wait at tables? Someone argued with me that it was the need to work rather than being idle. I think not because there are far more joyous things to do in life (yes even working can be joyous) when the state provides you social security and you have so few needs at that age. Think again.