As 2011 rapidly approaches, lets give a moment to ponder New Years Resolutions. Sure, it”d be great to get more exercise or volunteer for a charitable cause, but I’d like to make an appeal for everyone to make better use of common sense. Common sense is super easy to use, and it’s never to late to start using it – meaning, if you catch yourself doing something stupid, you can stop doing it, think for a second, and come up with a smarter way to do it.
Here’s a good example, brought to you by the City of New York:
Now I do feel bad for the geniuses behind this car crushing episode because you know this is going to get somebody fired – this video has been all over the place, and there will be consequences. But as mentioned – does the city really not have tire chains for snow removal? And wasn’t there another strategy that would have kept those other cars from getting destroyed? I know its important to get the streets cleared for emergency vehicles as soon as possible, but let’s use our heads here for a second; don’t you, as a rational person, realize at some point you’re doing something dumb in front of a half dozen witnesses? It’s the 21st Century – you have to assume that at least one in six people has the capability to film everything you’re doing. There has to be a second where a thought flashes through your brain: “Hmm, I’m not going to come out of this looking very competent.” There’s being bad at your job, and then there’s being bad at your job while a siren is blasting, announcing to anyone within earshot that you’re working and your crushing private property because you, in fact, suck at your job.
So the next time you ride an exit lane until the end and then merge back into traffic or make a big mess in the kitchen at work, stop and think for a second: “If anyone knew I did this, would they think I was a jackass?” If the answer is yes, then don’t do it, clean it up, and don’t crush private property.
Happy New Year!