14 March 2011

The Negative Effects of Traffic Signs.

I was driving to pick up a Burrazo at one of Metro Detroit’s greatest restaurants, Mexican Village, when an internal conversation I recently had with myself popped back into my head.

You see, like most people, I spend many hours in my car traveling to places I hope will bring me enjoyment.

Whether I am driving to a bar, a bookstore or Ms. Wok’s Happy Ending Massage Parlor I am just trying to make the most of my free time. And if you check my credit card statements you will see I am doing a fine job with the balance of work and play leaning towards the latter as 90% of my destination serve alcohol.

However, just recently I noticed something that has ruined the enjoyment I received from driving.

Why the hell are traffic signs so rude and degrading?

How dumb do traffic sign makers think I must be where I need a STOP sign to help me make a safe right turn onto a main street. I learned all that stuff in Kindergarten where my teacher thought me in a fun and positive way.

So I started thinking: Does the authoritative tone in which traffic signs tell people what to do have any effect on the mind/attitude of society? I made the video below while on my way to pick up dinner to try and give a visual example of what I am talking about in this blog post.

I understand the role traffic signs play in keeping traffic organized and drivers safe but doesn’t seeing such assertive words like STOP, LIMIT, NO TURN, and ONE WAY, every time you are in your car make for a more subservient individual?

True happiness can’t be achieved when you rely on someone, or in this case something, to tell you what to do. I mean the sense of liberation you feel while speeding down a country road where there are no signs telling you what to do proves that traffic signs bring a brother down.

All in all, I just wish the signs I see on a daily basis would bring me as much joy as the OPEN sign hanging outside of Ms. Wok’s Pallor.


Anonymous said...

Who allows shit like this on here? Is there a process to put something on this website or can you just write any bullshit you want and post it. I don't know if anyone actually read this blog post but he was ranting and raving about street signs. He also had like a 3 min video showing how stupid street signs are. Maybe this guy needs a street sign for his life and how he thinks because this is shit. Sorry not everyone is educated and smart like you. A lot of people are shitty drivers out there and need those signs even for simple driving. Maybe someone should put up a sign warning that your next post is shitty like this one. Use all you knowledge on something that benefits everyone instead writing on this blog. You should let your followers the ability to vote off contributors. This guys gets my vote. Viva la coalition.

Mike Breezy said...

I wasn't trying to imply streets signs are stupid, I was just questioning their use of words which are associated with control/negativity. I started wondering, does seeing and having to obey such authoritative words on a daily basis have any effect on society.

Take your comment for example, filled with hate and written with the intention to be rude to another human being, who like you, wakes up in the morning, deals with their problems and is just trying to make it through life as best they can.

That is incredibly interesting to me and the motivation behind the post really, trying to understand why a majority of people make a conscious effort to make life harder/unenjoyable for another person. I guess I was just throwing out the possibility that maybe the negative words used on street signs could be playing a small roll in the hostility that people have for one other.

But either way, my apologies for wasting your time and getting you so worked up.

I am going to continue trying to improve the quality of my posts because I really enjoy doing this but to help make your life less stressful at the start of my post I will make sure to include the phrase “By Mike Breezy” to help you avoid them my man. Unless of course the voting idea gets implemented in which case I guess I will just go back to ranting on my iPhone videos.

Peace and Love Brother.

Frank said...

I think your post was alright, Mike. Fuck that guy.

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