By Jonathon Krall
What got me thinking was this web page [warning: strong language], which turned up on my desktop this morning, via a comment on the Washcycle.
The writer basically says that dangerous driving behavior will not change unless people who drive dangerously receive negative feedback. He comes out in favor of yelling, when appropriate. Strong, memorable yelling. For example, "You nearly killed me!", if factual, is always an appropriate yell.
Shortly thereafter, as if by magic, a friend sent me a link to a song and video [warning: strong language] that is the perfect theme song for the above web page.
Just in case my point about socially-unacceptable lawbreaking isn't clear, here are examples of socially acceptable lawbreaking:
1. Speeding, in a car, at less than 10 mph over the posted limit. This is so common that, in free-flowing traffic, it is generally considered impolite to drive below the speed limit. You can be law-abiding or polite, but not both.
2. I could provide more examples, but do I need to? A car moving at 40 mph packs 4 times the punch of a car moving 20 mph. Car-pedestrian crash data shows that our pathetic little bodies are only rated at 20 mph, the speed of a fast runner. Speed kills.