Sunday, March 10, 2013

Road Rage and Socrates

Socrates claims that people do wrong out of ignorance, not knowing what is right or wrong, not out of intent. I think that today, drugs and mental conditions make that only generally true, as there are likely more nutters about today.

When we consider road rage today, it suggest to me that our society is on the decline from Socrates day. I understand that the usually scenario of road rage is someone does something to agitate another driver, and one or both go off. Psychopathe, or drug fuelled rage takes over. Seneca gave a definition of anger. Anger is "a burning desire to avenge a wrong" or "a burning desire to punish him by whom you think yourself to have been unfairly harmed."

The external expression of anger can be found in facial expressions, body language, physiological responses, and at times in public acts of aggression. Seneca said something like: The facial and skeletal musculature are strongly affected by anger. The face becomes flushed, and the brow muscles move inward and downward, fixing a hard stare on the target. The nostrils flare, and the jaw tends toward clenching.

What is the best response when faced with a nutter? I think dropping a dime on them, but I date myself with that expression. Dial 911, and let the fuzz deal with them, as that is one of the things they are paid to do, supposedly. Maybe take a picture or two. Our basic duty is to ourselves, to keep our selves safe. Soon we will see what right the aggressor has in Canada with the Jeffrey Lindor vs George De Castro.

If you have a issue with anger perhaps read Seneca on anger, or this primer

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