From behind, the truck itself was hidden by the huge, rusty railed bed it was attached to. As the traffic moved down Highway 7 toward uptown Minneapolis, the cars that came up on the truck in the left lane quickly switched to the right lane to avoid it. The amazing thing was that those of us who were in the right lane fell further and further behind the truck as it moved along in the left lane. I watched as each new vehicle pulled up behind the truck and jumped to the right lane pushing us further back.
As the parade continued, much of the traffic in my right lane departed at various southbound turns. I eventually passed the rusty truck bed while it waited for the light at a north turning lane. As I passed, I realized that the rusty railed bed hid a new, shiny truck cab. The truck was much more beautiful than I expected. It occurred to me that it had not been slower than the other traffic – nor was it faster because it was new or speedier than the other traffic. The truth was only that it may have been ‘perceived’ to be slower – perhaps due to its “truck-ness” and to it’s “rusty-ness”.
The truck was not faster than it looked from behind, but moved relatively faster because other traffic sought to avoid it. We assumed the truck was moving slowly because it was both a truck and rusty. The reality is that we slowed ourselves down in an attempt to by-pass what we perceived as an obstacle.
What else hides behind the ‘truth’ we think we see with our eyes – and the judgment we issue without having seen the entire picture?