This thread reminded me of that horrible period of my (our) life.
Non-violence is the greatest Dharma; So too is all righteous violence.
Once as soon as I got down from a train, I slipped and feel and luckily nothing happened to me. In another instance in school a child had thrown a banana peel and again the same thing. Luckily I escaped.
As the authors have pointed out how severe the injuries can be. People should be aware of this and use proper place. It is always advisable to carry a cover with you while travelling so that whatever you eat, the waste of it can be collected and thrown in bins later.
Most of us have the irresponsible habit of throwing the waste of our eateries on the public road when travelling in a vehicle. We are really interfering in others' freedom to use the public space. Additionally we are polluting the area too. If it happens to be a banana peel or something similar to that which make the person who unknowingly steps on it slips down, it becomes an antisocial action. Everybody has the responsibility of keeping the surroundings clean.
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It is embarrassing for many but scary and dangerous for senior citizens. Many people are so careless that they throw litter around without any thought for the other footpath users. If one cannot walk to the dustbin, at least they can drop the peel into the corner of the footpath/compound etc. I'm glad to say that some of the regular fruit vendors in our area keep a small old plastic bucket and ask people to drop peels, watermelon skin etc into that. I wish others can follow them.
The other similar thing is the tender coconut vendors and people who throw the half shells on the streets. This at the street corners is a hazard for two-wheelers who can lose balance when they go over it while turning.
What it means, if someone throws banana skin carelessly on road or at other public places? Is it not an affirmation of a total callous attitude about others, the fellow citizens? Throwing banana skin is only one example, which is of course particularly dangerous from the point of view of hazard of people getting slipped and thus injured sometimes seriously also, but even in general, the attitude of people throwing garbage here and there reveals their unconcerned behaviour.
Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.
In childhood, many times I had slipped and fallen on slimy and waterlogged surfaces and roads and on school verandas during rainy season.