There is a dead squirrel in the middle of the road.
When I looked up appropriate quotes, I found this one.
Be Decisive. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.
This post is not about decision making. I am excluding myself from that discussion because I am terrible at making decisions. I need too much detail before I make a choice. There is, however, a dead squirrel down the street, which led to that quote, but also led me to another thought.
Humans are as bad as squirrels.
“In what way?”, you ask. I am glad you asked that question.
Have you ever called out to a squirrel stuck in indecision as you drove toward it at 50 km/hr? Have you ever said (out loud!), “Hey, you stupid squirrel, move!!”
And I will admit another stupid thing. As I walked past the dead squirrel the other day, I told it, “See. I told you this would happen.”
I was, of course, referring to the conversation that I have had with many squirrels, while I walked down our tree lined street. “Don’t do it. Stay on one side or the other. The trees are not greener on the other side, and you will just end up dead. A squirrel pancake.”
They don’t seem to care. They cross the street willy-nilly, with no regard to safety. Explain it to them. Plead with them. Beg them. It is useless. They WILL cross the street, and many will become dinner for a meat loving bird.
You can tell them all about the many flat squirrels you have seen, and they will just continue to do whatever they want.
Humans are just as bad. You can explain the follies of a particular action, or lifestyle, and many of them will continue on, totally ignoring you. Teenagers especially. You can even get other teens to talk with them, and often they will carry on, ignoring the advice. By the time we get to say “I told you so.”, it is too late. The damage has been done, and you just hope that they are not flattened by the results of their dumb actions. Adults do it as well.
A simple example is texting and driving. I saw a great video in which a young adult who was permanently crippled in an accident caused by texting and driving, talked to others their age. They were all visibly touched by the meeting, but one wonders how long that feeling lasted. How many eventually changed back to old bad habits?
Or, the dangers of alcohol and drugs. Nah. We know that we will never over do it. Just like the young woman who died from drinking too much water, when a recreational drug she took caused her to have a seemingly never ending thirst. Ever heard of that? Drinking yourself to death with water!!! Leanne had only taken 1/2 of an MDMA tablet, also known as ecstasy. (ref – 23 year old dies from drinking too much water )
Not every squirrel that crosses the road becomes roadkill. Not every human who texts and drives ends up in the morgue. But enough do to make it a tragedy.
Next time you decide to do something unsafe, listen closely. You might hear me yelling, “Don’t do it.”