Traffic Lights

I was on the bus and I saw a cyclist this morning ding some pedestrians who were about to cross on a green light he was about to ride through.

The traffic was gridlocked, so like most pedestrians they took it as a sign they could cross, but a cyclist could easily navigate through the gridlock.

Further up the road I saw the same cyclist, this time approaching a red light, but since it was a minor road that was clear, he went straight through the red.

This is not an uncommon sight in London, but I think it is indicative of a much greater problem with people in general. It is our tendency to ‘ding’ others for not following a rule, when further down the road upon meeting a similar rule we make exceptions for ourselves.

How many times have we heard about traffic cops being caught speeding; politicians breaking laws they voted for; religious leaders being caught in sin? Do as I say, not as I do.

Not that I’m arguing all rules and laws created should be obeyed. Some plainly lack common sense. Rather I am pointing out that we sometimes fail, to some degree, to live up to the standards we set, but expect others to follow them all the same. Perhaps we should reconsider if we are able to live up to our own expectations before we ‘ding’ others for failing them.

Just a thought.