On a recent hike, I was stopped by an older gentleman coming down from the trail. He said, “Oh goodness, you’re off trail! Stay on the trail so that it will still be here generations from now. See those logs? They mark the boundaries you know where to hike!”
He said it very kindly, and yet my first reaction was one of annoyance and self-righteousness. It took about 10 seconds for me to realize that A) he was absolutely right, and B) that my own reaction to this harmless confrontation was a display of the American self-entitled attitude that has ironically also embittered me.
I took away from this a lesson in humility.
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