edu180atl: anna harrison 11.7.12
Recently, in environmental writing, we watched a TED Talk by Kathryn Schulz. She brought up an interesting point: in cartoons, specifically the ones featuring Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, no character falls off until they notice they’re in midair with nothing tethering them to the crag they just dashed off of.
Yes, it’s amusing to children when they see the Coyote’s terrified face as he glances down and sees nothing but a long drop and begins to fall, but I feel like Coyote’s frequent mishaps aren’t just humorous. There’s something more to them than laughs.
If you’re treading thin ground or, like Coyote, running in midair, the worst thing to do is look down. Looking down, it’s revealed what’s below you. When you’re taking a risk, a leap of faith–if you look down or back, you can see what you’re missing: the easy ride that, in the long run, won’t get you where you need to be. No matter how tempting it is, you can’t look behind or below, because then you’ll fall and be back where you started.
However, if you look ahead, you will succeed. If you look ahead, you can see what you’re striving for–the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, so to speak. If you have to walk off a cliff (metaphorically, of course) to get your goal, the reward is probably worth the effort.
About the author: Anna Harrison is a just-turned-14-year-old Whovian, Sherlockian, and Potterhead. Kind of a nerd. She has two amazing horses. Likes acting.