A Queue is a Hope

July 5, 2018 at storytelling

A few days back, my nephew asked me for some script ideas for a video on Queue—as part of a social awareness campaign project in his school. He did not need the script, but a few dots that he could connect. Here is a quick outline of what I shared with him.

Thinking of queue, I immediately associated it with the British culture. I have read it often that the credit of queueing practice goes to the Britishers although I could not find any easy reference. A BBC News post shares some light on queueing history.

A Queue Means a Fair Chance

A queue helps us setup an order where people (or a crowd) have gathered, to get something. And, queueing means giving a fair chance to the weak.

If there were no queues, we would be like this:

Vinish Garg Queue: Photo Credits Unsplash

Or even this:

Vinish Garg Queue Photo Credits Unsplash

A queue gives a fair chance to those who are waiting (or who may join the crowd), and sometimes to ensure a fair distribution of whatever is being given or shared. It can be something tangible, or merely an entrance through a gate. It means that the elder people, the weak, and the sick have the same probability to get it, as others have.

In this sense, it complies with democratic principles too—something that people and the society often encourages.

An excellent example is the queue for watching the Wimbledon Championship in England.

Vinish Garg Queue: Source BBC News

Image Source: BBC News (as I shared earlier)

Queue Means Hope

When the queue is missing, sometimes there is hopelessness among the participants who are behind in the crowd. But when in a queue, everyone is hopeful to get a chance by their turn.

Anything that gives hope, should be welcome with all the hands. Hope drives us as individuals and as a community.

Lets Queue Up

I proposed my nephew to conclude with an actionable message. So, he would conclude the video as:

“Well, if you are not able to see this video because of the crowd around you, please be in queue.”

PS: I am not sure whether it is queueing or queuing. My little research around on Google did not help. If you have any advice, please guide me in the comments below.