Living in New York I saw many people often catching their reflections in the hundreds of store front windows. One of my best friends could never resist looking at herself on our walks. I’m used to, thus, seeing a lot of attempts to catch one’s reflection. Now that is mightily different from engaging in true self reflection. Although, all those selfies and protestations of being true to oneself would lead anyone to believe we have entered the golden age of self-reflection. Which even my super awesome son of eight years can tell you is not true in any way. When I ask him why something occurred he just shrugs, says “hmm, I don’t know” and goes back to talking about his latest video moves. Which at times, apparently, quite impressive.
Where am I going with this? Well, of course, it’s a rant on self-reflection. But I’m going beyond, I hope, the usual rants out there. I’m afraid these days when I get into a car in Los Angeles, because the lack of self reflection on skills sets is quite astronomical.
Let me back up for one quick second to note you should always be afraid in a car in Los Angeles. People speed, drive down the wrong lane, and run red lights all the time. Cars get side swiped all the time. A drizzle sends everyone into a tizzie. Enough said.
Now, what really riles me up are those that drive horribly and don’t know (or accept) that they do. I know this one particular person who is a longstanding Los Angeles dweller. She, just like the majority of people here (or so it seems) drives a car that is too big for her to maneuver. She is easily distracted by her car phone ringing and the maps displaying on her dashboard. She has jerky car movements and doesn’t always signal. And just like many others here she cuts across 20 lanes of traffic at the last minute. This is a constant. I sit there with rosary in hand. I kid.
Despite all these marks of being a bad driver, she has no clue that she is a bad driver. She often remarks on how badly others drive as she nearly runs a car off the road. Where is the self reflection? Wouldn’t it be awesome if the rear-view mirror actually provided real, personal insight? Perhaps Facebook can work on this. Or we can keep going forward with uber’s plan for driverless cars. Lets see what’s on the horizon.