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Elevator Down

A man gets into our already crowded elevator heading down to the parking garage. He is talking to two colleagues who come in with him, turning aside just long enough to push the P2 button. But his finger stops short. The button is glowing.

Now I am interested. Not in whatever story he is telling, but in the finger hovering in front of a lighted button.

After maybe three seconds of hesitation, he stabs at the button, finishes his story, and relaxes. And I think, What kind of man pushes a button he knows has already been pushed? Is he so compulsive that he needs to complete an action even when it is no longer necessary? Does he re-wash the dishes after his wife goes to bed? I’m thinking that this type of action is somehow important. That there are people like this all around us.

But then we stop and the door opens. My floor. So I head out knowing only that, whatever kind of person he is, he must at least be a very bad man.

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