I wonder what goes through people’s minds when they shoulder-check others just to get in front of them. When they race ahead on the highway and squeeze in. When they drive to the end of the merge lane just to get a few more cars ahead. When they white line. Do they really feel entitled? Do people really think they’re better than others?
I’m no saint. I drive too fast, I’ve cut people off, squeezed ahead. I get really mad when I think people feel they’re entitled but when I do these things, I don’t feel entitled. I try to remember that I too have not realized a lane was ending until I was at the part where it was merging. Do people think that I think I’m entitled? It’s almost like you can tell if they think they’re entitled. I don’t know. I’m not perfect. I get it. I’ve not white lined before but can understand that I’d rather do that than sit in sweltering heat dying. But then again, if you can’t handle it, maybe having a motorcycle is not the right vehicle. I’m often in a hurry and want to run the senior citizen off the road because they’re going too slow. If I were to witness someone doing that to my mom, I’d want to kill them. I’m not even sure I’m in a hurry. I just like to drive fast.
I think people start to believe their own hype. Maybe they’re a CEO or some important or famous person and they get used to that sort of treatment, so when they get around regular folk, they just don’t know how to act.
It happens every day. People have road rage. Others flip and beat the shit out of someone on the street. Maybe there’s just too much emphasis on getting ahead. Being first.