Let’s play a little game…..shall we? It’ll be really easy for you. In fact, you don’t really have to do anything at all. Come with me…………now all I need you to do is just stand here, right next to the yellow line. Yep, right there. You can do that, right? Of course you can. Now, while you stand there I’m going to bring some random people into the room.
What’s that? Do you know any of them?
Oh, I’m not sure……..like I just finished saying, they’re random. Try to follow along here buddy.
So as I was saying, all you need to do is just stand there on this side of the yellow line……you remember the line that goes from one side of the room to the other, right? Why yes, it does look like those lines they put on the road to separate the lanes. So, you’ll stand there, and at the other end of the line, on the opposite side of it, is where our random strangers will stand. They’ll come in one at a time.
Hmmmm? What’s that??
No, no! Not through the door, actually, they’ll just materialize through the wall! It’s this new technology we’ve been developing that…………………..of course they’ll be coming in through the door! Where the heck else would they come from???
May I continue? Wonderful.
They’ll enter through the door and once they get in the room, they’ll walk over to the X that’s on the floor there, and fire an arrow down the line. Don’t worry though, they won’t be aiming at you, they’ll be shooting it straight down the other side of the line.
Well, yeah. You’re right. That’s not very safe, is it….
Which is why I was just about to give you this Kevlar vest to wear…..
Yep, it’s bullet proof!
Well…..no, we’re not using bullets, but…………..bullets go what, like 700/mph………..and arrows only go like, 75/mph….so……..it’s probably going to stop it. Assuming of course they hit you in the chest…..
It’s not like they’re aiming for you anyway!
Okay! Are we all set to get started?
Oh, you have a question…….what a surprise.
How many? Well, there’s going to be 100 of them actually. Didn’t I mention that already? No? Well, either way, 100 people of random ages between 16 and 80.
Sorry, what was that?
Well, no. They aren’t “professionals” exactly……..they’re all licensed though! I mean we make them take a test and everything, so we should be good……..of course you only take it once and then you’re good till you’re about 75. So, some of them may have taken their last test about 60 years ago, but still, I don’t think there’s anything to worry about…..
Oh! I should also mention it’s possible that 1 or 2 of them….might…..have had a couple of drinks before they got here. And, some of them are so busy that they will probably be talking on their cell phones. Important people. You understand, right? Don’t worry though, we make them use one of those hands free devices. I mean, you can’t very well be shooting arrows while you’re holding a cell phone, can you? Of course not!
Okay, let’s get this show on the road!!!
What do you say???? No, eh?
I was thinking about this the other day, as I drove home from work on a two lane road. Cars zipping by me. Faceless people behind the wheel. Why is it that I would never in a million years agree to take part in the scenario above………and yet I get in my car every day and without a second thought drive 90 km/h directly towards some complete, random stranger who is driving 90 km/h towards me.
The only thing separating us is a thin line in the road, and my trust that this person I don’t know will stay on their side of the line. I have this trust every day, despite the cell phone conversations, text messages, make-up applying and reading that I see some of them doing!
Without a second thought.
Without even contemplating it.
I mean, if I really sat down and thought about it, thought about it every time a car flew by me. How would I ever drive? I’d probably never get in the car again. It’s amazing how a little yellow line can make me feel so safe. Well sure, I’ve also got air bags and seatbelts instead of bullet proof vests. But as with any of them, sometimes they help and sometimes there’s nothing they can do for you.
And yet I do it every day. No questions asked.
Do I trust that when I take money out of the bank machine that it’ll give me the right amount of money? Ummmmmmmmm, well….
Trust is a fickle business…