Sunday, September 22, 2019

Annoying Adage Abused Anew

We all probably know the old adage, "if your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?" and in my personal life, I've subjected it to certain scrutiny, namely how much do I trust my friends?

I tend to have a rather narrow set of criteria for friendship, and I know plenty of people don't share that perspective; instead, everybody they pass on the street who is willing to give them the time of day counts as a friend, even if they know practically nothing about each other.

I've taken it from a critique on personal choices to a critique on the people I surround myself with, and the simple fact of the matter is that the people I call friends are both highly rational and highly intelligent. If they're all jumping off a bridge, then there's probably something wrong with the bridge.

But what if we turn this around?

What if none of your friends would jump off a bridge, but you knew there was something wrong with the bridge? Would you jump? Or would you all go down together?

As cinematic as it might be to go down in a blaze of glory, I don't think most bridges warrant the risk.

Yes, I know at sufficiently high velocity water becomes non-Newtonian. And I know not all bridges are over water. But some bridges aren't really bridges; some bridges are addictions that you don't know are actually addictions until you try to stop.

There's no shame in asking for help.

If it wasn't obvious enough, that red "JUMP or NOT" above is clickable. Please click it. There's no advertisements at the other end, no trick. Since I've disabled comments (because they don't seem to work very well for audience engagement) I'm trying new ways to engage with my audience.

It's a survey. And it's safe to say that I won't share any of your answers with anyone. Just the aggregates some time down the road.