I was offered a scholarship to attend the London School of Economics (LSE), after I completed my economics undergraduate studies. That’s a great thing to have in your pocket, but I decided to not take it. Why? I was afraid. Of what? Of the lift. What?
The LSE had a paternoster elevator and I had used it once and found it totally intimidating. How could I go a full year having to get on and off this thing and focus on studies not just on survival. Was I being irrational? I just know I trembled every time I had to use it and that was not good.
Friends I knew at the LSE told me not have fear, but I knew my fears were not uncommon. End of. Do I regret not going to the LSE? Can’t say I do. One makes choices and lives with the results. 🙂
What the video clip points out is that the dangers (and fears of them in some circumstances) of these contraptions were such that the UK banned new ones in 1974; it was due to go the LSE in 1976. Hmm. Most are no longer in use.