Connecting local responses around the world
It is 07:00 PM on June 20. Rui is driving us back from Boene to Maputo, after the first day of the Mozambique knowledge fair. After a 30 km ride, we stop at a red traffic light at the top of a hill. Team members chat in the back of the car. Rui takes advantage of the stop to respond to few text messages. He and his team are organizing SALT visits for 100 participants for tomorrow, not a small endeavor!
As he is writing, we feel a shock at the rear of our vehicle. Rui stops writing, and turns back wondering who rammed into us at the traffic light! I think that I can see some anger on his face. “Take it easy”, I say, “we hit the vehicle behind us, not the opposite! Our car was moving backwards while you were concentrated on your text messages.” Rui gets out of our vehicle, meets the other driver. They don’t notice any damage. We soon leave and arrive in Maputo in good spirits.
When faced with an unexpected event, we tend to act on the basis of a hypothesis that explains the event. However, before we take action, let us stop and ask ourselves the question: “Am I sure?”