Monday, August 16, 2010

Every Choice Requires Responsibility

I like motorcycles. I really do. In fact, one of the things on my "Bucket List" is to drive across the country on a bike, dipping my right foot in the Pacific Ocean and my left foot in the Atlantic.

But lately, I've come to realize that a lot of the people who are riding motorbikes are idiots. And I don't mean "laugh at how dumb people can be" idiots... I mean "look at how cool I am on this fast bike oh crap I've lost control and am now going to cause a massive accident because my ego was far greater than my skill" idiots.

The thing is, I've watched them, time and again, driving down the shoulder to avoid traffic, or swerving in and out while moving at twice the speed the rest of the traffic is moving. Then, today, I heard about a group of motorcyclists that we're going mach 5, and when the patrolman who was after them crashed, they came back to a critically injured and trapped officer to taunt him, before driving away and leaving him there.

The thing is, this sort of behaviour usually catches up with them, and in Darwinian fashion they wind up losing their bike, their licence or, at worst, their life. And while I don't feel badly for them at all (in any of the above situations), I feel horrible for their families. For the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, spouses and children that these selfish clowns leave behind, and for the individuals who have to live with the image of the accident for the rest of their lives.

And I think that's what bothers me most about this example. It's not the motorcyclists specifically, but rather the breed of person that is so often represented by them... the ones that care so little about anyone but themselves.

Remember - every action, every decision, every step taken, has an impact... directly or indirectly... on someone else. Just for once, think of that other person first.


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