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Puzzled

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Our parking places are ours, our place at the table is ours, even where we stand or walk in a particular area is our place to stand or walk. That’s why we’re puzzled when someone has taken our place. It doesn’t matter that many of the places we think of as exclusively ‘ours’ are in no way close to being ours in any way. The territorialism we display is innate and has more to do with comfort than with an actual need to assert ownership. We prefer comfort to discomfort and if our habit patterns are disturbed we feel discomfort, thus the acted out displeasure when we find we’ve been displaced, even if inadvertently and unknowingly. There are some who may deliberately occupy territory they know has been used by another for some considerable time and they may be expressing the fact that no one really does have a claim on any part of public or open private property. Although obnoxious, there is nothing inherently wrong with this behavior; though it does show a knowledge of human nature, but also seems merely mean and small-minded. It’s interesting that we truly are puzzled when a situation like this arises. We know there is no basis for our assumption but we viscerally know that most others have the same kinds of feelings and most others will respect the unspoken rules governing our ‘property.’ We all have a need to spread our influence out as widely as we are able, and it seems to me that another primary reason for this is the need for a bit of breathing room. We live such crowded lives that having little extra areas to call our own is a way to meet that need for space. A little extra does not hurt anyone and makes us feel better. Don’t you think we should take ‘our’ spaces when and where we can?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

2 thoughts on “Puzzled

  1. Excellent thoughts raising good questions…”my space” (pardon the pun) is an issue I’ve looked at from various perspectives. In my first experiences with owning property I became very territorial, and in doing so actually attracted the attention I didn’t want. Over the years I’ve come to value having fewer possessions and gaining a greater freedom as a result.

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