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Friday
May022014

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Mind your own business.

Whatever happened to that idea?

I heard it all the time when I was a kid.

I’d stick my nose where it didn’t belong and mother would tell me to mind my own business—and if she didn’t, I ran the risk of getting it punched.

I think a bloody nose is the cure for a lot of nosey people.

You might worry a little less about what I’m doing and a little more about what you’re doing if you thought I might bloody your nose.

It’s funny, the nosier we’ve gotten, the more withdrawn and isolated our society has become.

Years ago, when we minded our own business, no one had a fence around their property. No one worried about their privacy. They didn’t need to. It was common courtesy to give people their space—they didn’t need a fence to enforce it.

But now that we make everything everyone’s business we’re all shut off. Fences are up. Doors are closed.

And I know some will give the, “it’s because of crime” argument. I could argue that because we’ve fenced ourselves in we’ve fenced our friends and neighbors out. We’ve isolated ourselves and lost the protection and intimacy of the herd. We can’t see or get over to see if you need help.

And this is going on in neighborhoods that aren’t crime ridden.

My own neighborhood is tattooed with fences.

We don’t have one.

And fortunate for us and the kids in the neighborhood, they regularly get to rip through our yard, across our patio and down the driveway playing all sorts of games.

We should make that our business—letting kids run through our yards—letting them do their business.

Take down the fences.

Make it our business to let other people worry about their business. Then, a little bit of stickin you’re nose in other people’s business might be welcome.  

Otherwise, look out. You may get a well deserved bloody nose. 

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