The taxi home.

13/12/2009 at 4:08 am (Nightlife)


So, I get in the cab, and the cabbie is friendly.

Uh oh.

I don’t want to talk about politics, religeon or anything else.   But we have a laugh and share a joke.  Then he mentions about picking up a fare from a psychiatric hospital.

Okaaay…  I keep my smile on.  This might get weird.

So, he agrees to pick up the customer, and goes out to the.  He goes to reception, someone meets him, and tells him to wait as it may take a while.  The cabbie sits down, and waits.

Some 10 minutes later, an officious looking chap clumps down the stairs.  He’s dressed in a military uniform, and proceeds to bolt down the doors.  He turns to our cabbie, and tells him, “I’m sorry, sir.  I don’t mean to panic you, but one of our inmates has evaded our security team and is now free in the building.”

Clearly, this is worrying for our cabbie, and the concern is rapidly rising.  “Oh my God,” he thinks, “I’m trapped.  With an escaped inmate.”

The uniformed man briskly stomps off and goes about his emergency duties.  This is not an enviable position to be in.  The pulse starts to race… This lovely man is trapped in a lock down in a psychiatric facility.

Another fifteen minutes or so pass, and a ward nurse comes down the same stairs, and says hello to our, now quite nerve-jangled, cab driver.  “Please, don’t panic, but we’re looking for someone that has slipped out from our care.”

“Yes,” confirms our cabbie.  “The military chap told me about him.”

“That was him.”  says the nurse.

Why am I telling you this?  Because it resonated with me.  I’m sure those that feel rather astute picked up the fact that the military guy wasn’t genuine.  However, in a situation where you’re already out of your comfort zone, you will find yourself looking for information.  Your brain will start to investigate. 

In the absence of any prior knowledge, we look for facts.  If someone is authoratative, we have no reason to disbelieve them.  And this brings me the purpose of this ramble.

Sometimes arguing the point doesn’t help, just don’t build all your foundations of the world around on one perspective.

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