I know there are a lot of really good people in this world, but sometimes I am amazed at the way people treat each other. As a bicyclist, moving at a slightly slower pace than the rest of the car world, I often witness both good and evil deeds on my ride. Unfortunately, I seem to witness more evil than good.
For instance, on my ride home today a man just in front of me was trying to cross the 3 southbound lanes of traffic on Campbell Ave. I cross this street nearly every day, and let me tell you, it can be challenging around rush hour. A good deed was committed and a driver stopped for this gentleman. As he inched into the street to see if others would stop, the cars just kept whizzing by. There was a clearing, and he made it across another lane. To his dismay, two more cars were coming in the third lane, both of which had plenty of time to stop for him. The first, slowed and maneuvered around him just close enough to make sure he had to get out of the way.
But the second driver made the first look kind. The second car looked him straight in the eye and just kept driving at him, forcing the man to jump out of the way. I wanted to shout all sorts of things, but instead thought to myself, is this the kind of decency we have decided to show other human beings? Is this how we want the world to be, where seconds are so important that we can't slow down or stop and give a fellow human being a chance at crossing the road, maybe even offer him a smile?
It's things like this that really get me to my core, but today I'm going to try to look at it in a different light. Instead, I will take it as a lesson and a reminder to be kind to others and bring my piece of humanity back to this world. I hope tomorrow I can do the same.