In the middle of the night, I woke up with a huge noise. It was like a movie sound track of car chase; sound starting with a high pitch noise of skidding punctuated by explosive crash followed by quick acceleration. According to my land load who saw the crash, a car race down the block, spun around in the middle of the block crashing into three cars and kept on racing in to the dark.

One of the car, that got most damage belong to my neighbor from Grenada (an island in Caribbean Sea). The side of the car was completely smashed. Since it was a hit and run, they can’t get any money to replace the car. It was truly a misfortune event.

But when I took my dog for a walk next morning, I found a bunch of people gathering around the damaged car with their own cars. It was my neighbors friends and extended family who came to savage parts from the damaged car so that they can improve their older cars. My neighbor distributed tires, lights, car sheet, car sheet covers, electronic parts and all the usable parts to their friends and family instead of just sending the entire car to junk yard. They didn’t charge any of them, just shared.

It was a Hyenalife moment seeing my neighbor taking their misfortune as an opportunity to benefit the other by making use of what were left behind.

Damaged Car and tire taken out of the damaged car

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  • Napostrophe

    たくましいとともにそんな繋がりがあること自体が生き抜いてゆく強さなのだと感心します。
    近代はすべてを標準化する営みだったけれど、生態系という者はまったく異なった生態が共存することだから、日本で言うところの「捨てる神あれば拾う神ある」というのが強い社会なのだとあらためて考えさせられた。