New York Times reports that people tend to walk in circles when lost. This is apt metaphor for so many things. National news coverage of any complicated legislative issue, for example. But other things too.
Scientists in Germany reported Thursday that this often-described
sense of lost-hiker déjà vu, of having inadvertently backtracked while
wandering in the woods, is real. “People really do walk in circles,” said Jan L. Souman of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen.
This is my last day of local government work after 25 years. What I have accomplished in that time amounts to walking in circles. But I'm not bitter. I prefer to think of it as a contemplative labyrinth - an art garden in which I did a lot of planting and exploration.
Bureaucracies go in lost circles where there is no vision, no plan or sense of direction. They can fall right over a cliff in the dark. I think I caused some organizational inner-ear imbalance and nausea by trying to push all the time - yelling about plans and maps and "having visions." I'm proud of that at least.
The boss said I could go home after lunch. They're eager to start moving into my beautiful office. I'll have to remind them my cake isn't until 3:00. I'll just wander around a few more hours and plan my next walk.
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