There was a storm overnight, and the traffic lights near us are out. I would say ‘on the blink’, but they’re not even blinking. They’re just dead.
It’s a major intersection. Left turning lanes, right turning lanes, through lanes, bike lanes, tram tracks, lights, arrows, pedestrian crossings. It has everything.
The lights have been out for at least an hour. It should be chaos. Cars should be lined up in all directions. As I approach the intersection, I should be listening to the glorious sounds of car horns, tram dings and shouted expletives.
But I’m not. I’m listening to… not much really. Normal traffic flow. Trams floating down the road. Cars approaching cautiously, halting, and then driving through.
Each road is taking turns. There seems to be an unwritten rule for when the next turn is taken; when the way is clear for a car to turn right, this signals the ‘orange light’ for that road. Once the turning car is through, it’s the next road’s turn.
There are no police officers directing traffic. They’re just not needed.
It seems so basic, so common sensical, so obvious, that I feel ridiculous admitting this next point. But I’m kind of proud of everyone for being so sensible.
You hear so much about road rage, trolley rage, carpark rage, school gate rage, and EVERYTHING RAGE these days that it’s easy to assume that everyone else in the world is CRAZY. It’s easy to decide not to interact and be polite with others because we don’t think we’re going to receive that same politeness back.
It’s easy to forget that we humans are pretty decent most of the time.
Decent and sensible.
Well done us.
What makes you happy to be human today? Decency? Sense? Sensibility? Opposable thumbs?