Considerate is the new Caring
Once upon a time, caring meant sharing what you had with those who were not as well off as you. Some people still regard caring this way; but with these times being so difficult for everyone, caring has not been seen very often by most of us.
Caring has taken a turn towards less broad application; and if widely accepted, caring will be seen as a mark of a real selfishly loving person. To be caring in regards to all aspects of personal interaction with others, being considerate best fits this level of care.
Nowhere in our culture is the lack of caring more noticeable than on our streets and highways. The rising of incidents attributed to roadrage have become a national problem.
Selfishness has crept into the front of our minds. Our children’s disrespect for rules and authority have become our own. What we want and what we think has become our deep obsession.
Take for example the simple act of using a turn single to let other drivers know what you are about to do. Young people have adopted the position that rudeness makes then more noticed. So they act it out wherever they can. Does it work for them? Yes! Does it help them? No! They also teach this behavior as they perform it. Does it help the people who follow it? No! Is it growing? Yes!
Without taking into consideration others in your driving practices, you put yourself and everyone else into jeopardy. If a driver does not alert traffic behind them that they are about to turn, then their slowing down suddenly will not be expected. This single action could cause damage or even death.
We say we care about ourselves, we say we care about others, if our daily habits and actions do not reflect this in truth, then we are simply lying to ourselves and to everyone else. Will we admit this? No! We are too selfish to do that; we will blame and justify our position right into the grave. It would not be that bad if we did it alone, but unfortunately the other victims of our behaviors are too often people we don’t even know.
In order for considerate to become the new caring, we have to become truly honest with ourselves. We cannot become truly honest with ourselves and allow our close relationships to continue to lie to us and to themselves. Considerate must begin within and spread all about. Caring can be selective, and has resulted in limited use. Being considerate of yourself will put caring back into a personal perspective. Then applying it to others in all you do will make it a priority in all of your interactions where others are involved.
Driving involves interacting with others; there is no way around this. Being considerate as a driver helps to keep you out of danger and helps to make you a safer driver. Doing things that demonstrate your consideration of others gets you attention; this attention is often very well received. Be considerate and show you care. Be safe in all your driving.