After reading Karin’s post today I just thought I would offer my perspective on why the Town of White Springs the way it is? Well here is a theory.
Crabs in a Bucket
I first heard of this some years ago.
It states that if there are several crabs in a bucket, and one tries to climb out, the others will pull him back down.
The “crab mentality” is summed up as:
“If I can’t have it, neither can you.”
If the crabs worked together, they could escape and improve their condition. But instead, their selfishness and distrust
This can be used as metaphor to describe human behavior.
Let’s say the bucket is our Town, and you want to leave, change or improve things to improve your condition, to try something new. Do your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers encourage that leap of faith, or do they try and pull you back down?
What’s your gut reaction when one of your fellow resident’s takes a risk and is genuinely happy and successful? I know it isn’t the right answer, but a lot of the time it’s jealousy.
We can be better than the crabs. Smarter. More cooperative. More encouraging.
If you want to climb out of your “bucket,” don’t let the other crabs pull you down.
And if you’re happy in your bucket but see someone else making a break for it, go ahead and give ’em a boost!
You never know, maybe they’ll turn around and offer a hand up.
Everyone in America is guaranteed equality of opportunity not equality of condition.
Just a thought