Friday, December 11, 2015

And the #1 signal that we've become even more self-centered...

If you want to do a quick study of our growing self-centeredness, just watch how many drivers around you fail to use their signals whether turning or changing lanes.  I ran across a study not too long ago that alleged a number of "reasons" drivers fail to signal turns and lane changes, but after reading it and paying closer attention to this growing danger, I'm more convinced its simply self-centeredness and lack of empathy for others.  You can say you just simply "forget" to use them but what that really means is that you think you're the only one on the road and could care less what happens to the other drivers. The study indicated about two million crashes per year are the result of not using signals.

This makes sense because in many ways over the past half-century, we've become more detached from the needs and concerns of others and more focused on our own. I don't think it has anything to do with what political party we align with or what religion we practice, most of what we do throughout the day"signals" our desire to drive in whatever lane we want, when we want and it's none of your business what I do as long as I get what I believe is rightfully mine. After all, "rugged individualism" is what America supposedly was built on, right?

So stop making excuses why you do or don't do this or that. When it comes to driving and choosing not to use your turn signal, you're actually signaling to the rest of us precisely what your attitude is about others.

That is if you even bother to have an attitude about others.