Stop Overthinking and Take Action
For the past few weeks, we watched several short videos about animals and how they stand up for their survival. These make me think about our actions when facing the exact same situation. Yes, we are much smarter than them, but the ability to think more about the consequences does not give us more courage to do the same thing. The brave dog tries to save its injured buddy from the highway, and there are numerous cars passing by quickly. In the end, the brave dog successfully completes the rescue mission. If it is a human being lying on the high way, I believe no one would hit the brake and risk their own life to drag that person to the safe zone. Why? We think too much about the consequences. How long will it take to rescue her? Will the car behind hit me during the rescue process? When will the ambulance and police arrive? Should I take some responsibility for providing the details to the police if the injured person lose consciousness? Probably most people will hit the gas pedal rather than brake after a short-time struggle. We have our own life to worry about and do not to take any more responsibilities, even it is about saving a person’s life. That is quite sad, isn’t it?
The second video about the battle among buffalo, lion, and crocodile is another victory of taking actions bravely. The baby buffalo will soon become a delicious meal to a couple of lions. But the buffalo herd does not give up. They gather together to form an impregnable wall with their horn facing to the lions. The deadlock is broken immediately when one brave buffalo strikes out and chases one lion away. The lions have to gave up their “meal” under the furious strike from individual buffalo in the herd. I’m amazed at the unity of the herd and their effort to save the baby buffalo. Those individual adult buffalo striking out fiercely and even chasing the lion make me salute to their heroic actions. When facing the injustice situations, these heroic buffalo just like “whistle blowers” to unleash the fury of general public in order to get the justice. What even amazed me is their gathering speed, and the buffalo herd starts retaliation within several minutes. In our human society, we may spend several days, months, or even years to blow the whistle, and the situation may already be too late for the victims. This also comes back to our ability to think or overthink about our own life and potential responsibilities. Sometimes we really need to learn from our animal friends and try to follow our animal instinct. Take action first if you find it to be appropriate!