Quick Thought 43 – Stupid Drivers

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This is Intentionally Vicarious… I’m Todd Youngblood… And I was just sitting here at my desk pondering aimlessly… Yet again, I found myself trying to figure out how there can possibly be so many dumb drivers out on the road.

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Going 10 miles per hour under the speed limit when in the passing lane. Double parking without a thought on the busiest street in the city at rush hour. Talking on your cell phone as the light turns from red to green and red again. Signalling a left turn, then making a right turn. I could go on and on and on…

Then I thought of Friedrich Schiller, the 18th century German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright who once said:

“Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.”

I guess I should just stop worrying…

Think about it…

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  • Nick says:

    It is not a lack of intellect. I remind you of my conclusion. Modern society allows people with no common sense or situational awareness to thrive. 100 years ago they would have starved or been eaten by a bear. This is combined with a sense of entitlement that causes them to ignore the existence or the rights of other drivers.

  • Mary Margaret Just says:

    I’m considering selling t shirts. Unfortunately my major message won’t fit.

    On any given variable, half of humanity is below average. About 15% need all the help they can get. A varying percent of that group won’t accept help for various reasons.

    Seems like “behavior behind the wheel” is another example.

    I’m looking for feasible interventions.

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