An 18-year-old girl was killed after being struck by a driver that failed to stop, as she was crossing the street in a clearly marked pedestrian walk.
Protesters are calling for authorities to boost awareness about road safety and install traffic lights because “cars do not always stop when they should.”
Anyone who has ever lived or visited urban areas of Greece is probably thinking, “Well, no duh.”
Many a times I’ve crossed a street with the pedestrian light showing green, and I was hit by a car anyway. Instead of the driver apologizing and inquiring if I was OK, he only got out of the car to swear at me for being a stupid immigrant/tourist and not looking where I’m going, while I’m laying on the ground with my things strewn about. As I’m collecting myself, he swears some more that I’m slow and holding up his busy day. I probably yelled back a few times, but now I say nothing. You can’t reason or argue with someone who doesn’t have the capacity to understand.
So correct me if I’m wrong, but how is road safety awareness and more traffic lights going to change the mentality and habits of people who refuse to acknowledge personality responsibility? It may pacify some people in the short term, but in the long term it solves nothing.
The majority of people talking on their cell phones, flicking cigarettes out the window and throwing garbage on the street aren’t going to suddenly wake up and say, “oh shit, I’m an idiot.” People who worship Greece because “it’s very free here” are going to continue blaming others — the government, the municipality, the traffic light, the dog, their parents, the Turks, the car in front of them, the weather and God almighty.
I acknowledge that the government isn’t the greatest, no government is. But last I checked, the individual is responsible for himself. He can make a decision to change at every moment of every day. He has the power to respect himself, and without respect for himself, there is no respect for his country, fellow man or life itself.
I keep hearing Greece is the birthplace of western civilization. Well, I’m afraid I’ll need to see some proof. 😉