So I got to thinking. I ride a bike to class and back each day. Luckily, my route is straight, calm and uncomplicated, so I generally don't have any trouble with traffic. But many cyclists are not so fortunate, and often get into trouble, either by their own doing or by the actions of (other) inconsiderate ######s. And as we all know, the cyclist inevitably gets mauled, mangled and otherwise maltreated, and the car driver is thoroughly annoyed at the dent in their hood.
We cannot win this war through force. Compare us to the chihuahua, the tiniest, most impotent and most choleric dog of them all. A small child could crush a chihuahua. Yet the chihuahua thinks it's a fearsome canine predator, and earns nothing but hate and ridicule for it. Likewise, a cyclist will always, ALWAYS draw the shortest straw in a traffic accident. We're the underdogs, and like the chihuahua, we have the entirely wrong temper for that role.
This has to change. We could mount grenade launchers on our bikes, but that's not REALLY a solution, is it? No, we need to fight this war by other means. We need to gain the sympathy vote. We need to show the world how much our lot (undeservedly) sucks, and thus rally them to the banner of the oppressed, to the banner of the cyclists.
I look at the kids that I saw today, driving their bikes with reckless abandon like the inbred morons they probably are, thinking that traffic laws are null and void to them. I look at stuff like Critical Mass.
We can't have this. I actually praised Critical Mass when I first heard of it, but that opinion has changed.
We need to garner and gain the sympathy vote. We need to be not just examples, but exemplars
of good traffic etiquette. We need to demonstrate our virtue so that our oppressors may feel rightly ashamed and may find no flaw in us that they could decry. We need to get our ######ing act together and show the traffic how a responsible human being behaves in traffic.
Military cemeteries around the world are packed with brainwashed, dead soldiers who were convinced God was on their side.
- George Carlin