You go out, get in your car, take a simple ride to work or a granddaughter's soccer game or for groceries. You've done it a thousand other times, but this time!!! This time, a fool is driving about 40 mph over the speed limit, cuts you off and almost causes you to crash, then goes off weaving through traffic like there is no tomorrow.
Your blood starts to boil and adrenalin is shooting through your system as the body responds for fight or flight. Nothing would please you more than to see the two-bit SOB bite the guardrail on a tight curve. Where is a cop when you need one!
The truth is, most of us have experienced this. It is a primitive response, which, of course, means that it is one of the harder ones to control. I'm sure it comes out of the reptilian complex, somewhere deep and dark where dastardly potential lurks. Part of you is glad you don't have a gun right now. But, if intent encourages reality, this person is definitely not destined for Heaven! Not after the invective you just hurled at him.
Well, the bad news is that some people ARE carrying guns and are willing to stop and use them. Short of that, many people are willing to do things in a car that they would never think of in another setting. I mean, what is the last time you saw someone pushing through the line waiting to get in to a movie? But, get that same person in a car and all social niceties fly right out the window.
Oddly enough, I've read that studies show that people who personalize their cars the most are the most likely to be abusive on the roadways. So, is it an ego thing or a sense of entitlement? Please tell me what you think.
In the meantime, I will try to tame this stupid reptile that lives in my head. He's a pretty crappy driver.