I drove around Lotus Island for a while with the pianist and then took her to her bank. I was feaful about turning the ignition off when I was parked at that stage, so I sat in the car waiting for her as the car ran on idle while she did her business.
I was musing on nothing in particular when a small, purpose-driven lady in earth clothing came to my window and said, "You people are all the same. You pollute the earth with your gas fumes and use up a natural resource and do not have any regard for the earth and the people in it. " She was quiet and intense, and having made a clear statement she left me hanging and crossed back over the road,
I wondered, " Am I of the tribe of You People and who are the You People, anyway ? " I was never given a chance to explain that I was not One of Them.
As I cogitated the encounter a man emerged from the bank wearing earth clothing and came to my open window and said, " You know your car is running . "
" Yes ", I said, " My battery is flat and I am afraid to turn the car off yet since it is still charging and I may not get it started again if I do. "
" That's OK then. ", he said.
I thought, " Thanks a lot green buddy. "
It's not that I was being accosted and taken to task that took me aback so much, since this is Lotus Island and contains abundant Ecophiliacs. It's just that I was named ' You People', separated, categorized, held up as a lesson and packaged as an ' Other '. It's hard for all of us, me too , not to jump to conclusions.