The trees in my yard have just a few tenacious leaves left on their
branches. A terrible windstorm swept through our area a few days
ago and the end result is naked trees. A yard blanketed with leaves
is such a beautiful sight, I plan to keep it like this for some time.
While I do like to keep my yard clean and tidy, I wasn't overly
concerned with mowing my lawn and I'm not overly concerned
with raking the leaves. Not everyone holds this easygoing attitude,
I got a lot of "when are you going to mow that jungle" comments
in the summer. It wasn't that I was lazy and didn't want to mow my
lawn, but receiving comments didn't make me want to mow the
lawn any more than before. It may come across as a stubborn
stance, but my mind turns to thoughts of conformity. Mowing or
raking because of fear of being ostracized or called out by my
neighbours would be conforming. Now, if I mowed or raked due
to my own desire to have a manicured lawn, well then, that would
not be conforming.
I remember reading about this study done on conformity in my
psychology textbook back in university. The test subject would
be with a group of people who were in on the study. A question
was asked with a very obvious correct answer. The group would
all answer incorrectly, much to the surprise of the test subject.
The larger the group, and therefore a larger amount of people
answering incorrectly, the more likely it was that the test subject
would also answer incorrectly. People have a tendency to conform
even when they know they are right. On a good note though, even
if just one person from the group answers with the correct response,
the test subject is more likely to not conform to the wrong answer
and instead answers correctly. Wasn't a very brave test group, I say.
And apparently it's better for your lawn if you don't take all the
leaves up. That seems to make a whole lot of sense too when you
consider the world seems to take care of herself quite fine without
humans touching this and that. And this is what happens when you
let your thoughts run wild. All this has much to do with nothing.