There are three classes of human beings that you never want to see sitting in a Jury Box; the first is law enforcement. They’ve seen the very worst of humanity and it’s a good guess they have more of a “kill them all and let God sort them out later” mentality than anyone else. The next is people who have worked in traffic. These people have survived countless attempted murders and are going to see each and every other human being as a bad driver. The third class of individuals you never want in a Jury Box are teachers. They have too much damn faith in other people to be disinterested judges.
But the thing about teachers is they don’t work in traffic. See where there is a common thread here?
There are two cultural roadblocks that Americans must, must, really must, overcome, before we can hope to evolve into a Greater Society. Only one of these involves traffic. The first is our pathological aversion to the Metric System. The meter is a scientifically based unit of measure as is the gram, the liter, and every other unit in the Metric System. It’s all so much easier to use. Every country on earth except for us and some third world country who just outlawed witch burning uses this system. Every university and college class taught anywhere one earth uses this system. Trying to get Americans to convert to the Metric System is like trying to convert the Americans to Satanism and bestiality and an aversion to junk food.
The next big cultural road block we suffer from is Traffic Circles.
A circular one-way road at a junction of thoroughfares, facilitating an uninterrupted flow of traffic. Also called regionally rotary.
I’ve been to public meetings that suggested that Traffic Circles work much better than traffic lights or four- way stops. The public, by and large, react to this recommendation like a bunch of five year olds reacting to getting vaccinated with knitting needles.
The funny thing here is I’ve never seen a four- way stop actually work in South Georgia. People pull up to them and their brains freeze up. You have horn blowing and hand waving and people just sitting there so locked up and confused they don’t know whether to chew tobacco or dip snuff. Pulling up to a four-way stop in South Georgia can be like coming up on an orgy with four blind virgins handcuffed together in knee deep sandspurs during a hail storm; they have no idea what to do, they have no idea how to do it, and no matter how bad things are, they’re willing to just stay still rather than move. But this is what they are used to. Heaven forbid we actually try something new.
What’s even funnier is that about 90% of all small South Georgia towns have a courthouse square or something like it. People have been using these things as traffic circles since mules where the main mode of transportation. They just don’t call them that.
Law enforcement has to deal with a lot of really weird people. Those who work in traffic have to deal with a lot of bad drivers. Teachers have to deal with the fact that education is being run by people who aren’t and it’s producing people who aren’t.
You’ll see this country change when the lives of those three classes of people change. As long as things stay the same they will get worse.
Mike writes regularly at his site: The Hickory Head Hermit
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