True confession – I do not understand road rage. I just don’t.
Why are people angry on the road? Impatient? Rude? Irrational?
The real truth is that I probably cause some of it – because I am patient, considerate, and for the most part – law abiding.
I have noticed that most people who express anger and displeasure at fellow drivers are usually (not always) in a rush… in other words, speeding. So, why in heaven’s name are they angry when they come up against a speed limit conscious driver? I drive to and from work at least five days per week – covering about 40 miles of various types of roadways and inevitably I manage to piss someone off because I like to follow rules. I like to stick close to the speed limits, use turn signals, observe signs and lights that control traffic and I even offer space in front of me to merging drivers, like a considerate person.
Would the same inconsiderate and angry drivers act the same if all of us did not have vehicles and we were only moving about on our feet – walking to and from all of our destinations? I visualize lots of shoving and power walking around each other – hip bumping slow pokes off the sidewalks. How about wearing disguises and dark glasses to avoid recognition or even eye contact?
I am also afraid this is how many are going through life – rushing and disregarding our fellow life travelers. Rudely rushing ahead without consideration of rules or etiquette. In relationships – in experiences – in good times – in not so good times…. slow down – be considerate – enjoy the ride.
Ecclesiastes 11:9 ESV
“Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.”