- Apr 10, 2007
- Fresno, California
Excellent point! I thought it was just the drivers in my town that we're getting bad, but I guess it's a more universal problem. I don't necessarily judge someone who skirts just outside of the driving rules as long as it has no impact on others, but what I have seen lately is a vast multitude of drivers now who scoff at the rules and make drastic moves for their own convenience despite the fact that they are endangering others and negatively impacting the flow of traffic.I think some of the problem is more related to ego. There has been a steady increase, I believe, in disregard for law. Just drive the highway for awhile and watch the scofflaws go. And that has its roots in the whole self-esteem thing that has been preached in schools and homes for a couple of generations. Self esteem is one of those things that is valuable but very easily overdone, just like aspirin, and kids can grow up thinking that they really are little princes and princesses and that they are #1 and they will let everyone know it.
So now we have guys who think they are better pilots than they are, a huge anti-authority attitude, and a general dumbing-down of training and grading because the bar is supposedly set too high and people don't want to work to reach it. Employers are constantly amazed at the illiteracy of some high-school grads now. I was shocked enough back in the '80s at that sort of thing and it sure hasn't got any better.
I suppose that mindset probably makes its way into aviation too.