Do We Have As Much Sense As a Goose?
Next fall when you see geese heading south for the
winter flying along in "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing
what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been
learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the
bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole
flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its
People who share a common direction and sense of
community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they
are traveling on the thrust of one another.
Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly
feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets
back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird
immediately in front.
If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in
formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.
When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in
the wing and another goose flies point.
It pays to take turns doing hard jobs - with people or
with geese flying south.
The geese honk from behind to encourage those up
front to keep up their speed.
What do we say when we honk from behind?
Finally (now I want you to get this), when a goose
gets sick or is wounded by gun shot, and falls out of formation, two geese
fall out with that goose and follow him down to help and protect him.
They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and
then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up
with their group.
If we have the sense of a goose we will stand by each
other like that.