The Goose Story

 

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Next Fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter,

flying along in V formation, you might consider what

science has discovered as to why they fly that way:

 

 

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following it.  By flying in the V formation, the whole flock adds as least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

 

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrusts of one another.

 

 

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front of it

 

If we have as much sense as a goose we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are.

 

 

When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.

 

It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs--with people as well as with geese flying south.

 

 

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

 

What do we say when we "honk from behind"?

 

 

Finally, and this is important, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshots and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection.  They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own or with another formation to try to catch up with their group.

 

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

 

Questions on the Goose Story:

 

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1.  How does this story apply to your life as it is right now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  What would be the benefit of people behaving this way with each other?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  How do you see yourself fitting into a society/community like this?  Would it be difficult?  What type of role would you play?