Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Insanity of Traffic Congestion

I spent an extra hour on 84 east in Connecticut between exit 2 in Ridgebury and exit 13 near Berkshire, CT - covering about 18 miles. It was bumper-to-bumper, stop and go, crawling along for a good hour and 15 minutes. I could feel the impatience and awe simmering just under my skin as I contemplated the wasted energy, both intellectual and physical. Granted, this Friday afternoon traffic, people fleeing the metropolitan New York area, was heavier than normal, but it still exists. There are people that do this every day, over and over again from Monday through Friday. They are made of stronger stuff than I, as I would not be able to take it.

With the extra time (and no phone), there was plenty of gears turning in my head. I looked around at the cars and trucks around me and noted a few things,

  • encasement in a four wheeled room destroys our manners
  • we have allowed irrational development patterns to eat into our lives
  • we're just starting to experience the true price.

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