It’s the 1970s. A 30-something man makes his way across the Golden Gate Bridge. He’s passed by pedestrians and cyclists, and steps around tourists taking pictures of Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the channel of water below that runs between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. He gazes up at the reddish-orange towers soaring above, and then climbs over the bridge’s four-foot safety railing. He steps out onto a 32-inch wide beam known as “the chord,” pauses, takes one last long look out at the bay, and then jumps. His body plummets 220 feet and violently hits the water at 75 mph. The impact breaks his ribs, snaps his vertebrae, and pulverizes his internal organs and brain. The Coast Guard soon arrives to recover his limp, lifeless body.
When the medical examiner later located and searched the jumper’s sparse apartment, he found a note the man had written and left on his bureau. It read:
“I’m going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump.”
Food for thought, folks.
I am reminded that Joy – Gaudium or Chara – is a Fruit of the Holy Spirit.
I don’t think we have to walk around grinning like idiots. After all, risus abundant in ore stultorum, and that goes for grins, too, and not just laughter. You just don’t know what may be the impact of small gestures of basic human kindness.
There is a lot more in that entry, which you can read there. And while you are there, check out the previous entry which shows you how to Samurai armor knots – Agemaki or Dragonfly knots – on your own MOLLE plate carrier! Step by step instructions with video. Rather cool.
I wonder if I could get a cassock with MOLLE … hmmmm…. maybe a black plate carrier over the cassock? MOLLE biretta? No… not practical. Still…