Where would we be without someone telling us where to go, what to do and how to get there?
Thankfully, there are an abundance of signs out there to guide us poor, aimless creatures through life. Without a nudge in the right direction, it seems, we would follow the way of the lemming and fall to our demise at the bottom of some windswept cliff.
Remember that 70’s song, Signs, by The 5 Man Electrical Band? Shut up and get off my lawn, I’m that old. The song was covered by a mediocre 90’s band, Tesla and I’ll wait here while you get reacquainted.
At one point in the lyrics, it says:
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?
The point is, we’re always being told what to do and I have a few favorite signs–signs I’ve run across in my rare outings in the world…
Pretty straight forward — don’t do bad things
Don’t touch bad things
You have done bad things
This is one of my favorites, on I-10 west of the Arizona state line. Yet ,the state saw fit to build a rest stop at that very exit — go figure.
Then there are a few signs that make me wonder:
What flavor of exotic creatures can we find here? Crips and Bloods showing amazement in their native habitat?
Did they really run out of possible road names? It is the end of the earth out here.
Because sometimes we have to be told the obvious.
Or told exactly what to do.
And how to feel…
And all of these together make me feel like I have become the lowest common denominator in a very shallow pool. We have become so mindless, so incapable of managing our own lives that every waking moment must be directed. Twitter, Facebook and every social media platform seem to be filled to capacity with signs telling us what to do. All the signs bring out the rebel in me. They tell me to turn left–I want to go right. Political signs are the worst. Your poster board sign, accompanied by a megaphone amplified chant, is not going to win me over to your position–whatever it is.
So, with everything that’s going on in our lives right now, there are signs everywhere. Pro this, anti that, do this and don’t do that. We can all read the signs, how we react to them is what defines us. I read the signs, I simply chose my own path.