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Each autumn, geese head south for the winter, flying in a “V” formation. Each goose follows with its head near the hip of the goose ahead fans out to form the “V.” As each bird flaps its wings, it creates 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. 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.
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the flock and another goose fills the vacated position. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. When a goose gets sick or wounded 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 again. Only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their own group. - adapted from Chicken Soup for the Soul
“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” - Kurt Vonnegut