Humans will always have prejudices and biases against others who are not like themselves. It’s in our nature from infancy. We can try to eliminate it for adults, and the situation is getting better, but it doesn’t look like it will ever go away completely. Many recent events in the world continue to bring our differences to the forefront. We have had unjustified shootings of blacks by police, the Rebel flag coming down at government buildings as a result of shootings at a black church, ISIS and anti-Muslim sentiment, anti-immigration feelings against Hispanics. The internet is full of hatred and vitriol from all sides and it’s getting out of hand. We all have opinions and the internet and social media give each of us a worldwide soapbox. What gets me is how people are offended for themselves, offended for others and how others think the people being talked about have no right to be offended. I’m writing this blog post to say that taking offense is the right of the object of the conversation, not anybody else and definitely not the originator of the potentially offensive thought.
Life in North America often revolves around cars. Our streets, houses and places of business are designed to accommodate cars and trucks to allow us mobility and freedom. Even in more densely populated cities where public transportation is more available and practical, transportation happens in a taxi, Uber or Lyft vehicle. As I’ve mentioned before in a prior blog post, we move fast in vehicles, to the point that one false move could mean instant death. That’s why being a good driver is so important.
Not only can driving competence keep you alive, but it can save you money on insurance, and hassle from car accidents. Being a good driver also can keep your friends and family out of harm’s way. How important should this be in selecting a mate with whom you want to have children? I say very.
Besides, the less tentative a driver you are, the more confident you can be in daily life. You can proudly say you’ll share in the driving and not worry about what others will think. You can parallel park in tight spots thereby saving time and fuel.
I’ve been working in an industry which is new to me for less than two years. It’s a familiar spot after I switched jobs a few times after the economic crisis. And since I work on the product side, I’ve had to start at the bottom of the learning curve to understand products in an industry that was never even on my radar. Nothing beats experience and the general absorption of knowledge from others who have been “in the biz.” But I’m growing tired of people that have accumulated knowledge over 15 years or more and act like they were born knowing about their industry.
They forget that they were in fact not born knowing it and are often unsympathetic to those that are new. Granted, many people are helpful; they are indispensable because their knowledge cannot be replaced or bought. But there are those that just don’t have any empathy and can’t put themselves in your shoes. They often show disrespect as a result. This is not a healthy corporate cultural phenomenon as it is a turn-off to new employees, giving them a semi-hostile environment.