>> Saturday, September 5, 2009
I was thinking about that driving while texting video, which was apparently put together by a little police department in Wales, because I read this editorial - and because the video really grabbed my attention. Now, first, now that I realize that a police department put this together (along with 26 other minutes of film) for $20K, I'm even more impressed, but I'm disgusted in many ways with some of the reactions to it, at least on this side of the pond.
According to this editorial, many are dismayed at the graphic nature and think kids won't be impressed by that. They suggest humor as a way to keep kids from texting. Yeah, good luck with that. Actually, to be honest, I'm impressed because this film emphasizes what is often lost in many driving videos - you're not just putting yourself at risk. The texting/driving girl is injured and clearly traumatized, but you see the devastation she caused. Her friends in her car are dead or badly injured (one is clearly dead). There are parents that may be dead with a little girl screaming for them in the back seat in another car. There's a baby who will never wake up.
Young people have a tendency to think they're immortal. In my opinion, this video is effective because it reminds us that our own immortality isn't all we have to worry about. And there are some things any reasonable person doesn't want to live with. If a kid doesn't care about anybody, it won't affect them. But it made an impression on my daughter. I think it's brilliant.
On that note, I'm going for quotes in line with what I saw in that video and how I felt about it. The first one I found is ironic.
As a teenager you are in the last stage of life when you will be happy to hear the phone is for you.That'll do. Interesting that I always have more pertinent quotes than I think I do.
A tree never hits an automobile except in self-defense.
Reality is all that stuff that doesn't care if you believe in it or not.
Everyone is entitled to an informed opinion.
-- Harlan Ellison
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored.
Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
Truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it; but, in the end; there it is.
It is a mistake always to contemplate the good and ignore the evil, because by making people neglectful it lets in disaster. There is a dangerous optimism of ignorance and indifference.
What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.
-From Groundhog Day
I'm listening. [Elizabeth holds a gun to his face] I'm listening intently.
-Lord Becket from Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest
Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, when he said, "I drank what?"
-Chris Knight from Real Genius
Some forms of reality are so horrible we refuse to face them, unless we are trapped into it by comedy. To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat.
-Peter Sellers [apparently, Peter Sellers did not agree with me]
Before you do anything, think. If you do something to try and impress someone, to be loved, accepted or even to get someone's attention, stop and think. So many people are busy trying to create an image, they die in the process.
Seek counsel of him who makes you weep, and not of him who makes you laugh.
Half-truth is more dangerous than falsehood.
In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they might have been.
- William Hazlitt