As middle-class, middle-aged, suburban Caucasians, it is easy to get stuck in the same routine for work, play, and leisure. Drive in the same car everyday to work, shop at the same grocery and big box store, worship at the same location, and hang out at the local coffee stand.
We are a one car couple now and we are taking public transportation for work and to the airport. It’s not that big of deal, we’ve done it before, but it is different. My husband thinks everyone should step out of their comfort zone and take the bus in order to experience the world. People of every race, creed, color, ability, economic status and age; take the bus. It is non-judgemental because everyone is treated alike. To ride you must have a pass. That can be paid in cash, disabled or senior pass (reduced cost), monthly or yearly pass.
So I was thinking, how many places in this world are an equal playing field? Where people of all walks of life come together in one place with the same goal? So I here is my little ranking:
1. Public Transportation – The goal is to get somewhere whether it be by bus, subway, train, or light rail.
2. Hospital Emergency Room – The common goal is seeking medical care in an emergency. First one in line usually has chest pain.
3. Wal-Mart – The goal is to shop for inexpensive stuff.
4. Inner city or rural sanctuary of worship – All there to reflect on a Higher Being.
The Emma Lazarus poem, New Colossus (aka the Statue of Liberty poem), comes to mind at this time.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,”
Happy Two Hundred and Thirty Fifth Birthday America.
Where do you experience “the mass of humanity”, where people from all corners come together? Do you have a ranking?