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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A funny thing happend to me on the way to work...

Today’s story (more like rantings and ravings) is about driving..err…again! What can I say when you drive everyday there are bound to be a whole bunch of stories that need to be told. Today’s tale began this morning when I was on my way to work. I live in an older area where the roads are narrow and the cars are aplenty. People often park along the roadside because they have more than two cars and not enough space in their compound. This leads to shrinking the road down to a single lane.

Well when you are down to a lane and there is two-way traffic somebody has got to give way sometimes, right?!? And most times people do and today was no different. I was feeling in a good mood so I said to my wife I’d give way although I had to back up a couple of cars to do so. So back up I did and then patiently waited for the other driver to pass.

Now what cheesed me off was the other bloke didn’t even acknowledge the fact. A slight nod of the head would not have been too hard. I make it a point to wave to the other driver if they were to give way to me or let me pass. My wife said that I shouldn’t expect any acknowledgement but I think that it’s the civilized thing to do. But it’s not only that it’s about queue jumping, and indiscriminate parking and reckless driving and beating the lights, just to name a few. We are not animals that are oblivious to our surroundings! We should know better!

What my point is is that if more people just behaved in a decent manner there would be less road rage and violence and less accidents. People would be more courteous and let you pass. Nowadays, it’s just take, take, take! Nobody wants to give an inch anymore. What is happening to society? Are we reverting back to our barbaric past? Why can’t we be more civil to our fellow man? Won’t that make this a better place to live? Let’s try to be more civilized to our fellow man at least because it’ll make the world a better place! If we're not going to do it for ourselves do it for our little ones, let them grow up in a better world!

Phew! LOL Well now that I’ve vented I feel better. Like I said to my wife this morning when I told her I was going to post this, if I can change just one person’s way of thinking then I’ve achieved something! Will you be the one? :)

6 comments:

Barrett Laurie--Editor in Chief said...

LOL! That is one of my BIGGEST pet peeves! You might be in a hurry to get somewhere, you are putting someone else ahead of yourself. How rude not to wave or at least smile! That is the equivelant of holding a door open for someone, it would be rude to not acknowledge the person who held a door for you! Too funny! Great post!

Ron Del Rosario said...

My grandfather once told us, "Be generous, but don't expect people to reciprocate to your gesture." Ever watched the movie Paying it Forward (or something like that)?

As for traffic, I don't even want to start with the traffic situation here in the Philippines. One word - Nightmares!

Nick Phillips, MY said...

Dude, you should know better with Malaysian drivers :)

J@n!ce said...

I understand how u feel. A little friendly nod or hand gesture will make a difference to another person's day. What's so difficult to do... sigh !!

Diamondssaphire said...

You are absolutley right, common courtesy in today's society is long gone!! I get the samething all the time.

Adrian said...

Guys! You know what? I'm still going to give way to people! Hopefully the message will get across to someone and start a mini chain reaction somehow! Cheers folks :)