When you see geese on their annual migrations flying in a "V" formation, you might
consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps
its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in
a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than
if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are
going more quickly and easily, because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of
trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the
lifting power of the bird in front.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who
are heading the same way we are.
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies
It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
do we give when we honk from behind?
Finally - and this is important - when a goose gets sick or injured and falls out
of the formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to
lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly
or until it dies; and only then do they launch out on their own or with another formation
to catch up with their own group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.
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