The Mystery of the Half Empty Strawberry Box

 

Have you entered a grocery store long after the stock was put onto the shelf? Sometimes what you’re looking for isn’t there. But sometimes you find a few items left. The produce isle can quickly run out of stock when a local produce is in “season” … like strawberries or blueberries. Sometimes you enter the store to a few boxes of your favourite boxes of berries left … even worse … one box … half empty. How did that happen? Hmmm? There is a group of people, and I’m not sure how big this group is, who have no feeling of guilt or moral scruple taking EXTRA berries out of one box and add extra to their own box! “WHAT THE?” I’ve seen it happen! And they are not your run-of-the-mill shop lifters. They are grannies, women, parents, … ordinary shoppers. For some reason their brain synapses are not firing on all cylinders. Somehow their moral conscience has taken a detour in reasoning since if their brain was on the right track …. it would be screaming “HEY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU’RE STEALING!” If you are one of these people … it is stealing. Depriving other honest people of the sustenance of delicious juicy berries is … well dishonest. “Well everybody else does it”, is something these stealthy thieves may proclaim. Not everybody does it so don’t use this as a defence.  Hmmm … I’ll be hiding behind the cabbage pile … watching you.

 

A Lemming thinks …

Wait!  STOP!  Look before you leap!  Isn’t the view fantastic?  Sometimes the best things in life do not involve what everybody else wants.  Being the most popular, staying in style, keeping up with the Joneses is a never ending roller coaster that never completely satisfies these “follow the leader” qualities.  Everybody wants to be liked but you must give yourself time to form who you are, to lead others into how to think for themselves.

This is my first blog entry … my first blog.  The seed has been planted.  I’ll make observations about view points and society that may or may not be the most popular line of thought.  I have an ISTJ personality (see Myers & Briggs) and I’m introverted.  My opinions will be from my personality perspective.  All that I ask is that you have an open mind …. that you thinImagek.  You don’t have to agree with what I say.

Now here is a profound paradox of popularity … people want to follow the latest trends but those setting those trends are leaders, trend setters … people that are not following anybody.  So to be popular and on the cutting edge, you have to think independently to be on the cutting edge.