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August 01, 2011 – Comments (2)

Board: Macro Economics

Author: yttire

Driving down I-40 at 70 miles per hour, I saw something up far ahead. A goose walked out onto the highway, and five other geese followed behind obediently. They crossed while there were no cars immediately near by.

Unbelievably, the pack of them made it about halfway into the highway before any cars got to their position. The geese seemed unperturbed as the second one in the line got slammed by a swerving car and its body flipped spinning feathers everywhere.

The next group of geese did not have the luxury of even a car swerve, they were hit in a group and then their bodies run over by a series of cars traveling tightly one behind the other.

When I arrived shortly after this group of cars had decimated the followers, the leader of the geese had just made it to the median, and looked back in a confused way at his pack, now dead and lying all over the highway, feathers floating everywhere.

This is a true story from last weekend, and my children watched the whole thing unfold. I didn't know how to explain it to them. It was a show of crass stupidity on both the part of the leader, and the followers. But for those geese, also tragic.

I have to wonder if we as a country are now in the same position as the geese were when they made it to the middle of the highway. The leaders will look back in confusion in a few months, and wonder what happened.

2 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On August 01, 2011 at 12:05 PM, eldemonio (98.92) wrote:

Nice analogy - but not entirely accurate. 

Now, if you and your kids would have seen a group of "leader" geese pushing the rest of the flock into live traffic, that would be more like our current political situation.

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#2) On August 01, 2011 at 1:18 PM, Teacherman1 (57.22) wrote:

I'm sorry your children had to see that.

Oh, for the good old days of  "Make Way For Ducklings", when we did seem to be a kinder and more caring society. Naive perhaps, but definitely kinder.

I'm sure there would have been some drivers who would have "braked" for the geese if they had been able to, but I am just as sure that in todays society, there are some who would have gone out of their way to hit them and laughed as they did.

JMO and worth exactly what I am charging for it.

Just remember, "this too shall pass".

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