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Overcrowding and pissy people
Over the last year, reverse commuting, I have come to a conclusion that overcrowding is leading to the downfall of our society.

Generally, I believe that everyone is good in nature, but under certain circumstances they turn bad, apathetic, desensitized, impolite, and uncaring.

I've come to this conclusion because of the change that I notice in myself. We all start the day off, for the most part, with a normal level of courtesy and politeness, but as our day goes on, the irritants build.
The overcrowding of the city and commuters add to the problem.

For those who drive to work, aside from stressors at home, have to deal with traffic jams and idiot drivers. Every time one of these events occurs, it alters your mood, making you angry, and upset before you even get to work.

For those who take public transportation, you are sardined into a small space with hundreds of other people, just getting to the bus or train can be a hassle, getting around the people that don't care they are blocking the way for people trying to get on or off the bus/train. Then you have to deal with the people in a confined space, the gum snappers, the people putting their bag on the seat next to them and not letting people sit down, despite the fact there are at least 12 people standing. The smelly homeless person riding, that makes you get off and take the next vehicle, just because you can't stand the smell. The person who slops their coffee on you, because they are too busy reading the paper and eating a donut. The person yapping on the phone, practically yelling, thinking that the lower the signal strength they have, the louder they need to be to be heard. The people that, probably by no fault of their own having been irritated longer than you have that day, shove you to one side, without saying, 'Excuse me' so they can move by you.

Reverse commuters have it even worse on public transportation. I walk against a wall of people, eight wide, just to get to the train station in the morning and routinely have to step down onto the street, because they will not give me room to walk on the sidewalk. Then, when there is no room to get out of the way, people not paying attention to where they are walking, ram into you, and it's your fault that you were in the way, or they hit you in the leg with one of those bags with the wheels, and it tips over and they get pissed, because you knocked it over.

The lack of courtesy and taking thing for granted really gets to me, so, I get to work and I a m already in a pissy mood, so I do my best to calm down, thank goodness for cig breaks. ;)
Then I go through the people all over again trying to get home, only it's worse, because everyone is in such a hurry to get home, they could care less about you.
In summation,

People being frustrated by little things, add up, and now, it's rare to see people being polite, courteous, or using common sense, I feel like a salmon swimming up stream, with bears swatting at me.
Because we all have to deal with more and more callous people, it in turn makes us more insensitive to others. At least, I recognize this and am doing the best I can, to not turn into the people that annoy me the most.

Prevailing Condition: frustrated frustrated
Ruling Tune: Shakespear's Sister - Stay

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a_valan_che From: a_valan_che Date: October 12th, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Being angry is a choice. I don't do road rage, not worth my time. As long as stupid drivers don't hurt my car or me, I could care less how moronic they are. I knew they were a moron before I came in contact with them.

Seems one of the things you love about the city is one of the things you hate as well. Perhaps it's only because your stress threshhold never backs off enough to allow you a greater amount of annoyances before your "stupid meter" maxes out.
From: ex_keening Date: October 12th, 2004 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I knew they were a moron before I came in contact with them."

excellent way of looking at this. i know i personally find it very helpful for future encounters with idiots.
darkman424 From: darkman424 Date: October 12th, 2004 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, probably. I didn't notice these things so much, when I commuted in the same direction as everyone else.
From: ex_keening Date: October 12th, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
you better hope and pray that you wake one day, up in your own world... good song!! :D

will ping you with who i am, if you can't guess, and all that cryptic jazz.

it's the one thing i hate about driving the city. i never get the same courtesy i try to extend to others, and it only makes me want to retract that.
darkman424 From: darkman424 Date: October 12th, 2004 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
K. I have friended you.
acid_grave From: acid_grave Date: October 12th, 2004 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gah, and you didn't even really hit upon road rage...
I know exactly what you mean and it sickens me that I can't help it sometimes. Thank whatever I am in the boonies!!
darkman424 From: darkman424 Date: October 12th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
You think, you're in the boonies? My parents live in Maine, they call a heavy traffic day, when they see 2-3 cars. ;)
acid_grave From: acid_grave Date: October 12th, 2004 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I live by the Amish.
So I see mostly buggies. Yea, sad, I know...lol
darkman424 From: darkman424 Date: October 12th, 2004 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol. That's pretty far in the boonies alright. :P
gubarius From: gubarius Date: October 12th, 2004 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ive never really noticed the things that you are writing about like stepping off to the street or all the people with the bags until I started having to take classes down by the Randolph Brown Line stop. Or walking from the main campus at the Merch Mart to the Loop Campus on Randolph.

I just started walking like a bull. Head down, horns out, and see if they move. It can be very interesting at times. The best part about where I live now is its still feasible to have a car and I wont be paying tons of money for parking. So once I get one of mine fixed Im going to stay away from buses and trains as much as I can.
darkman424 From: darkman424 Date: October 12th, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't blame you. Yeah, some days I get my old lineman mentality, and I have spun a few people, because they would not get out of the way.
a_valan_che From: a_valan_che Date: November 27th, 2004 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
So close to understanding even here, just lacking the completeness of awareness. You will be included in the insight once it's formulated better.
darkman424 From: darkman424 Date: November 29th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I rambled a bit on this one, I remember a reference to Locusts being the same way, that they are influenced by the rubbing of their wings because of close proximity to eachother, leading to locust swarms.
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