The great flood.

Every year at this time we experience floods. Sometimes it’s our basement. Sometimes it’s a neighbors house. Today it was one of our apartment buildings.

The ground seems soaked to capacity with the melted snow so it does not welcome the inevitable addition of irrigation water from the system that gets opened up. Every year we have kids who are just been being kids and turn on hose bibs and leave them open. Over the winter we have freeze/thaw line breakage and then, as was the case today, there is often physical damage done by people running over or into stand pipes and exterior water lines.

Of course,the irrigation water fills the lines and then flows freely from the breaks and open spigots and finds it’s way to all the places that we wish it wouldn’t go. Then my office gets a series of frantic phone calls. I am always surprised at how people respond to these events. Rather that divert the water, open a drain or bail out an access area, they kind of freak out. They pace, chatter, worry and generally do nothing productive. They just let things get worse. They are looking for someone else to solve their problem. So of course we do. But inevitably the damage is worse than it should have been and expenses of restoration greater than they needed to be.

I think that by and large this is human nature. Overall people are just not taught to be problem solvers. Instead they learn to worry, rant and rave. They learn to look elsewhere for solutions. I believe that the underlying reason for this is a fundamental inability to actually think. I don’t mean this to sound harsh in any way, but “thought” is not a subject taught in schools. We learn to speak, to read, to memorize, to calculate, and to regurgitate facts. Much of our lives then is spent in reacting, responding and remembering but not all that much in “thought.” It’s really a simple process. At the very foundation, thought is the activity of asking yourself and answering a string of “what if” questions, then identifying the best answer possible and acting upon it.

Maybe thinking is painful. I know that just thinking about the events of the morning has given me a headache. So for the next little while, I’ll stop thinking and take the easy road and just react. For example, right now I am going to react to my stomach. It is thinking. It thinks it’s hungry.

Ciao; or should I say chow.

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