Have you ever been part of a perfect merge?
You know what I mean…the person entering the freeway turns on her signal, uses the acceleration lane to get up to speed, and pulls her car seamlessly into the traffic flow. The person already on the freeway—the merge’s mentor if you will—is more than aware of the movement to his right. He acknowledges the signal, and then, ever…so…slightly lifts his foot to decrease his acceleration. The merging car melts into the lane in front of him like butter.
Traffic continues to flow uninterrupted, and yet a car has departed and a new car has been incorporated. It’s a thing of beauty.
Now, maybe you’ve been lucky enough to be part of the slightly more complex merge/exit where one car is entering the freeway while another car is exiting.
In this high-stakes auto ballet, both drivers mutually signal their intent, and then—with the synchronized movements of a high-flying trapeze act—the exiting car slows just enough to invite the entering car to go ahead of him and graciously ensure the success of the merge before exiting. The entering car, speeds up enough to allow a space for the retiring car behind her and, with a nod to her partner, executes a flawless and perfectly-timed merge.
Traffic continues to flow uninterrupted, and yet one car has departed and a new car has been incorporated. It’s a thing of beauty.
People working together for a common goal with cooperation, knowledge, and respect. Where have I heard that before?
Ah, yes, I remember now: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union…” Another thing of beauty.