I’m fascinated about things like traffic. People are annoyed about sitting in traffic, driving to work, the lack of free parking. They are also annoyed about traffic in their neighborhoods, the speed of cars, the fact that no one walks anymore, the fact that kids don’t play outside anymore.
It’s cognitive dissonance. (Feeling conflict by holding onto competing values.)
- Are these annoyances/frustrations caused by a force beyond our control? No.
- Are these things we can fix? Yes.
- Why don’t we fix them? Because we’re focused on treating symptoms instead of addressing the core problems.
Adding to this fascination? Projects and proposals to remove highways from urban areas. See, doing that actually reduces traffic in the long run and recreates neighborhoods. But how would I get to work? Easy. You don’t.
Equally intriguing questions which look at the macro level about the way our society does things.
I mean… we can’t just tell people to live within walking distance of their work…. can we? I mean… we can’t just tell people that green lights just make people drive faster than a community needs… can we? I mean… to do that I’d have to reshape everything I do. We can’t have that! Or can we?
I mean… we can’t just change the behavior that’s absolutely driving us crazy…. can we?
Wait. We can’t?