Flemur wrote: ⤴
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:07 am
People have been getting stuck on crappy roads and in snowbanks long before there were computers.
True but attitudes have changed. People in the past were much more self-reliant and if they got into trouble of any kind would just work themselves out of the bind. Gradually, over the decades, governments have come to protect us by requiring safer products and greater responsibility from suppliers of goods and services. This is objectively good but the public has developed a feeling that if something bad happens to me someone must be responsible. Sometimes it is just the public not assuming their own responsibility and sometimes there may be some shared responsibility by the supplier.
I, being older, am more in the camp of leave me alone and I will take responsibility if I get myself into trouble, but that is not the mentality of the younger generations.
A couple years ago in Spain there was a snowstorm and the media warned people to stay home but thousands got in their cars and were blocked in a toll road and had to spend the night there. Most of them had no coats, nothing to keep them warm, nothing to eat or drink, just stuck there, many with babies or old people. Even though it was freezing cold they went without any warm clothes because they were used to driving from door to door in freezing weather in a warm car.
Not one of them said "It was stupid of me to leave the house when a warning had been issued, and even more stupid to leave so unprepared." They blamed the toll highway for letting them in. In my view those people were utterly stupid and relied on their mentality that everything will be OK and if anything happens Daddy State will come and help us. In my view that is irresponsible but I can also see a certain share of responsibility on the part of the toll road. Don't let people in if you cannot assure them the road is practicable.
In summary: stupid people driving cars, stupid people controlling the toll road, stupid and worthless rescue services. I would fine them all. That's because I was home. If I had been in one of the stranded cars I am sure I would have a different view.
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