So this morning, the streets were covered in ice. It would have been beautiful if it weren't marred by idiot drivers who have no clue what they're doing.
I seriously don't understand it. This happens every year, you'd think these people would learn. It's like the first time they've experienced icy conditions!
"What is this glistening substance veneering the streets? No matter! I will continue to drive extremely quickly, then brake just short of the stop sign. What could happen?"
Well, what could happen is that the wheels lock and the cars go sliding past the stop sign, into the intersection. I was at the corner, morosely waiting for the bus when these 2 ladies arrived. They took a perverse pleasure in mocking the sliding cars. I thought 40-something-ish women would be above mocking idiot drivers (since many are idiot drivers themselves) but lo! Every time a car approached, they'd watch with bated breath...to see if this guy would be the one who actually drove slowly and respected braking distances in these condition. Nope...Every person would come and sliiiiiiide into the intersection. This one van wanted to turn at the intersection but slid sideways all the way to the opposite side. It was hilarious...because nobody died. (It could be argued it would be funnier if somebody did die...notably the driver to teach him a lesson, but that would be "wrong", I suppose.)
All this to say, as I've said many a time, people are stupid. Inherently. This happens every year but it seems everyone forgets. They have the memory of pigeons. People, winter tires are not magical! They were not forged in Mount Doom. Drive slowly and nobody gets hurt.
Afterthought: It's ironic, really. It always seems that in car accidents, the idiot driver never gets killed. It's always the innocent he hits. People are stupid and I have little faith in humanity's combined intelligence.
Post-afterthought: Now that I think about it, I'm not disappointed in humans, at all. I was going to say we can be so much more than we are...but then I thought about it. No. This is it. This is humanity. There is no glass ceiling of evolution we're hitting. We are at our peak. When you look at it like that, it doesn't seem so bad. The whole Star Trek ideal that humanity will reach a level of nirvana is bogus.
Apres-post-afterthought: Remember that episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation ("The Chase"), where it's revealed that all alien races come from a single alien race that seeded them all over. You'd think that revelation would have huge repercussions across the universe...but they totally ignored it from there on out. Oh well.