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In 2011 has the common rule of being courteous to others died? Have we forgotten how to be polite to one another? Is our motto now, “All for me and me for none!” replaced “All for one and one for all!”? Have rudeness and impolite behaviour become the norm in our society? And is the destruction of the more gentile arts contributed to adding stress to our already stressed lives?

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Image of lots of trafficIn 2011 has the common rule of being courteous to others died? Have we forgotten how to be polite to one another? Is our motto now, “All for me and me for none!” replaced “All for one and one for all!”? Have rudeness and impolite behaviour become the norm in our society? And is the destruction of the more gentile arts contributed to adding stress to our already stressed lives?

If you think politeness has not died, a quick drive around town in your car may prove you wrong. People’s rudeness is exemplified and magnified in an automobile. And actually, their lack of common courtesy may just cost a person his or her life in the end.

It is a sad situation that nowadays people feel that they are in a race to get where they are going. They are trying to beat an invisible opponent in a race across town, just to drop by a friend’s house or do some routine shopping. Hardly a reason to be recklessly rude and negligent on the roadways.

Yet, driving to and from work each day, as well as recreational driving on the weekends, will let you glimpse that viral of all animals called the negligent driver. They are dangerous and threaten all of our lives.

  • They cut in and out of traffic without realizing that their car is equipped with a blinker at all.
  • They pull out of parking lots and steer across four lanes of fast moving traffic to make their elusive u-turn in order to save one minute of time.
  • They fly through cross walks, forcing pedestrians to huddle on the side of the road and wait for absolutely no cars to be in sight.
  • They cut off big rigs on the freeway, nearly swiping the front of sixteen wheelers, and potentially causing massive freeway pileups, in order to make that exit that they nearly missed because they were talking on their cell phone.
  • They primp and apply makeup while keeping their gas pedal depressed and gliding effortlessly across town, never noticing the near misses that fly by them.
  • They frantically text “LOL” on their cell phones while blowing through fatally yellow lights.
  • They heroically slam their non-locking breaks from the comfort of their super masculine, compensating, four door, four wheel drive trucks, while their projectile pets huddle for fear in the back of their he-man chariot of death.

Can we just go back in time and remember that the rules of the road thrive on common courtesy. If each of us made the effort to allow one person into heavy traffic, or gave the right of way to a fearful driver, or just simply slowed down and obeyed the speed limits, we would not only improve our chances of survival, our entire driving experience, help someone else get to their destination with no harm, and reduce everyone’s stress level just a little bit each day.  We are not in a race for our lives.

We are not waging our life’s success by simply getting to our destination the quickest way possible, but more appropriately our success should come from experiencing each moment of our trip to our destination and enjoying those moments of our life.

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