I haven't posted anything for a while because I have been watching other blogs and commenting here and there on topics which often somebody else has got to before me. i have to say I continue to be surprised at how some posts attract loads of comments while others that I think might get a lot of comments get nothing - I am sure this is a mystery of blogging.
Anyway to the point of this post - I have been reading over on Connexions about the failure of drivers to stop for crossing patrol wardens and it got me thinking. The lollipop lady who used to work near my children's primary school reckoned she diced with death every day as drivers seemed to be reluctant to stop - this is not a new thing as my children are 25 and 18 so we are talking a few years ago.
I do think though that it is all part of our 'instant' society - we want everything to be at the highest speed possible. So much of our food is instant or ready - no time needed in preparation etc. And this is true in many other things - drivers are always in a great hurry, risky overtaking goes on just to get a car in front when the reality is that they end up not being much quicker - I often think of the tortoise and the hair. I do however think that some of this is down to ignorance - ignorance of other peoples feelings, ignorance of good manners, ignorance of the law and I suppose to some extent the old saying my late mother use to use of 'I'm alright Jack, pull the ladder up'.
I often say that civility costs nothing and I am of the opinion we have to a large extent stopped being 'civil' to one another, common courtesy has been pushed to the side and the result is idiots who can't give a minute to let people cross the road in the relative safety that should be afforded by the 'Lollipop person'.