Ed. note: This post is by Will Meyerhofer, a former Sullivan & Cromwell attorney turned psychotherapist. He holds degrees from Harvard, NYU Law, and The Hunter College School of Social Work, and he blogs at The People’s Therapist. His new book, Life is a Brief Opportunity for Joy, is available on Amazon.
I’ll never forget a moment in a wildlife program about Antarctic penguins – I think it was a David Attenborough series.
There were two little penguin parents and a penguin chick.
Then, suddenly, there wasn’t. The chick fell into a crack in the ice.
The little guy squeaked for all he was worth, the parents circled, there was frantic waving of wings – and not a damn thing anyone could do.
Five minutes later – which seemed like several lifetimes – a member of the film crew tore away a chunk of snow and released the chick. Profound relief for all involved, penguin and human.
But there was a wrinkle. The show’s non-intervention policy had been violated. A voice-over explained that an exception had been made because the film crew may have created the crack in the ice.
Uh, yeah. I doubt David Attenborough was buying that story.
The truth? You try filming a baby penguin slowly perishing in front of its parents….