Higgins was lost. He got away from his group; a group from corporate headquarters on a fishing trip to Canada. It was held at a small lake that had a lodge where they had to be flown in.
He had walked nearly four hours. He came upon a cabin. Splitting wood was man near Higgins’ age.
“Hello,” Higgins called to him. “I’m lost.”
“You’re not lost. I know exactly where you are.”
“I’m Higgins, research and development, Bradly Scopes, and Wellington.”
“Martin, marketing research, bears, beavers, and bison.”
“I can’t get a hold of anyone,” Higgins said. “I can’t get a signal.” He held up his cell phone.
“Ain’t that sweet,” Martin said. “Don’t worry. As soon as I finish splitting this pile I’ll get you back to civilization.”
“Thanks,” Higgins said.
“In the meantime there is a great new reality show about to air, I mean really air, today. Just sit on that stump, fight away the deerflies, and look out yonder, and enjoy.”
Spread before them lay a vast valley filled with pines, pastures, and a distant mountain range.
Higgins did what Martin told him, down to fighting away the deerflies.
After a half hour Martin was finished with splitting the wood. Higgins helped gather and stack the wood.
“Can you get me back to my group now,” Higgins said.
“First tell me what you learned from what you just got done looking at,” Martin said.
“Is this some sort of test involved here?” Higgins said.
“Yeah,” Mr. smarty pants,” Martin said. “Ya got yourself lost ya should at least learned something from it other than don’t go where you don’t have a cell phone signal.”
“I’m sorry,” Higgins said. “I have tendency to have a smart mouth and I can tell you do to.”
“You might be a hot shot back in R & D,” Martin said. “But here you are nothing more than food for bears.”
“That’s not exactly what I wanted to hear,” Higgins said. “Other than you must wake up to the most beautiful scene on earth I don’t know how to answer you.”
“If we observe and listen carefully nature is telling us to be humble; nature always wins,” Martin said.
“I can see that,” Higgins said.
“There have been times when I’ve stood on what is perceived as the edge of wilderness and the beginning of a frontier. It is cleansing and chilling, at least for me, to contemplate how unnecessary I am – we are. It all operates without tech support. All the R & D has been completed. It is a privilege to view, because of the lesson it teaches.”
“You must love it here,” Higgins said.
Martin continued as if Higgins was nothing more a bothersome deerfly in the dissertation. “We try to explain it, rationalize it, and duplicate it, but seldom stop to acknowledge the lessons it teaches. It reaches out and opens its volumes of vast knowledge to reveal who we really are; though we are small compared to its vastness it is our gift from God. Humans are the crowning achievement of creation.”
“I see what you mean,” Higgins agreed only to agree.
“It makes man’s greatest of achievements seem silly. Why would anyone want to take credit for anything or have a great name, fame, wealth, or power?”
“Beats me,” Higgins said.
“It’s the best reality show there is,” Martin said.
“It’s got my attention,” Higgins said.
“I’m starting to scare you, ain’t I?” Marin said.
“Kinda,” Higgins said. “Especially the part about bear food.”
“Let me get you back to your kind,” Martin said.
Higgins stood still for a moment. “You know more about my world than I know about yours.”
Martin smiled. “Five years ago I was you. Now I’m me.”
“Do you mind if I take another look at what I missed?” Higgins said.
“No,” Martin said. “But don’t look too long.”
Higgins looked again at a valley of pines, wild pastures, and distant mountains. “How long did it take to find out who you really were?” Higgins said.
“When I took the second look,” Martin said. “Then it’s all a matter of making adjustments.”
“Adjustments?” Higgins said.
“Yep,” Martin said. “Five miles from here is a good place. It’s looking for someone to care for it.”
“Tech support?” Higgins said.
“That would be me,” Martin said.