When you see geese flying along in "V" formation, you
might consider what science has discovered as to why they
fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an
uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in "V"
formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater
flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of
community can get where they are going more quickly and
easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one
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.
If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in
formation with those people who are headed the same way we
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the
wing and another goose flies point.
It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs,
whether with people or with geese flying south.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to
keep up their speed.
What messages do we give when we honk from behind?
Finally - and this is important - when a goose gets
sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of 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 or until it dies, and only then do
they launch out on their own, or with another formation to
catch up with their group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each
other like that.