The Public Mass has Horrible Karma
I'm sure we've all been party to being cut-off, tailgating, flipped fingers, honking horns and other impatience during our daily commutes. What does any of this achieve besides raising the collective temper of everyone around? It's a pointless thing to prevent someone from merging by speeding up just so you can be in front. I know preschoolers with better manners. How many of the people that you flick off in traffic would you do the same to without the ability to hide within the interior of your locked car.
It's not just traffic, however. A lot of people seem to have this mindset in which the world owes them something just because they exist. And given the opportunity, they release this frustration by behaving in ways our children would be ashamed of. Sorry to be harsh, but that's pretty ridiculous if you ask me. I believe we must earn the advantages in life that are available and be accountable for our own mistakes. I dare you to be honest with yourself and then come up with the real reason you don't have what you want. Nine times out of ten, the underlying reason is a lack of motivation to do anything about it besides complain. Or you've spent so much time rationalizing that you've lost site of the possibilities altogether.
If you're a slacker, then why should part my paychecks go to your well-being? If you're a minority, the fact that you are does not equal entitlement of any sort. There's a big difference between being oppressed and using others' oppression to fuel your own anger. We're all equal here after all. Same ancestors, same evolution. It's only our society and the way we interact with it that results in the problems that we all face today.
I don't consider myself a follower of any doctrine out there. But I do think that the world is a better place when some of those most basic concepts are actually followed. Remember the one that goes "treat your neighbor as you would yourself?" I don't think much further clarification is even necessary. Don't you feel bad when someone lies to you? Of course -- so then tell the truth. Wouldn't it suck a whole lot to discover your sweetheart is cheating on you? Of course it would -- then don't find yourself in a position that gives your partner cause for concern. It's very simple folks. Common sense.
I definitely understand that it can be hard some days, especially before morning coffee, but that again allows no entitlement of any sort. When you're being an ass, you know it. Don't expect anything except the same treatment from others. Everything in life is a choice. Do your best to choose for the better good. Think before you spew forth your opinions. Most times in such cases you only succeed in creating a lessened character image in your the eyes of your peers anyway. Remember to be open-minded and accept that not everyone shares your perspective. That does not make them wrong or make you right. Never assume that you are above or below someone in your imaginary social tier. You can't possibly know them well enough to form such an opinion. If you meet them again, their actions will soon provide that evidence for you. Be happy with the knowledge that you're making the world around you a better place when you treat people with respect.