Friday, 20 January 2017

Road rage

The UK is mainly empty. People are crammed into population centres in ever increasing densities, for whatever reasons, traffic densities are also quite high, especially during rush hours. Unfortunately, this increases the probability that other motorists will inconvenience us, perhaps often.

Now, members of society pay up to half their wages in taxes. Expectations are high that this money is spent wisely. Car adverts show wide roads with sweeping bends and no traffic. Expectations of such road systems are not met. The tax payer can easily feel anger or perhaps just a continual irritation. So, when another driver inconveniences them, this background rage can vent itself on the other driver.

A member of society can easily feel that they keep missing out on a great many things. Differing post codes get better or worse doctors. Better or worse schools. Better or worse social services. More or less police. More or less traffic. A tax payer, could find themselves enraged for almost any of this 'unfairness'.

The tax payer can be a winner or loser based upon simple government policy changes. A taxpayer would be correct in thinking that they are a victim of government policy. This victim mentality is very damaging A victim is powerless. Civilised human beings are not powerless victims, they are powerful. Changes in government policy always creates winners and losers. The winners are usually, government, big business and banks. The losers are nearly always the members of this bizarre society, often called the real world.

Road rage is therefore a member of society lashing out and what they feel is the problem, another motorist, whilst being completely unaware of the real culprit. Themselves.

A civilised human being accepts that they will be inconvenienced during a car journey. Or even walking in a busy shop or street. A civilised human being is aware that other people may well be upset, irritated, angry or scared. That they will make mistakes, errors and exercise poor judgement. None of this is a problem. Human beings are flawed.

A civilised human being has no expectations that their taxes will be spent exactly as they would like. A civilised human being does not expect good schools, good doctors, empty roads or not to be inconvenienced. A civilised human is pleased when another motorist is thoughtful. Whereas, a stressed executive in an Audi might think that they should never be inconvenienced by others.

Obviously, civilised human beings live on the same planet and are forced to obey the same rules. However, civilised human beings are more honest with themselves. A civilised human being is more authentic, happy and pleasure to spend time with.

At times, we are all civilised human beings despite living in a society. This means that we are all intrinsically civilised human beings. We just need to be ourselves. The new civilisation then materializes before our very eyes.

Things will change. Particularly, the large institutions. Everything will change. Society is no longer working as it once did. The recovery is weak to non existent. Society is simply dying. It could take fifty years so you could spend fifty years having your expectations continually ignored and your hopes crushed. Or simply stop having expectations.

A quick example. This evening I may expect my partner to cook dinner. If she does I simply eat it. If she does not, I could explode in rage.

Or, I don't expect her to cook. If she does, I appreciate the time and care she expended in preparing our evening meal. If she does not. I cook for her. Or we get a take out. Or we go out.

When you feel irritated, angry or displeased when someone inconveniences you, then you are not behaving like a civilised human being. You are behaving as society has conditioned you to behave. Unloving and uncaring. Either towards your children, parents, spouse, colleague, employee or boss.

A civilised human being behaves in a loving and caring manner to everybody. A community full of such beings is where I want to live. An office of such beings is where I want to work. Only one person is preventing that, me.