Hey, GMTA - I was thinking about this last night and meant to post about it today, but then forgot (so who’s the idiot here?).
Anyway, what provoked the thought is this: there’s a stop sign at an intersection. It’s a “clear” intersection, i.e. you can see it as you approach for a reasonable distance, there’s no real folliage to get in the way. Basically I’m saying that it’s not hard to see this stop sign. But just in case you might miss it, there’s one of those “stop sign ahead” signs about 50 yards/meters before the stop sign. (BTW, the speed limit in this area is about 30mph).
And just in case you might miss that, they’ve put these little red flags on sticks sticking out from the top of the “stop sign ahead” sign. So these wave in the breeze so you don’t miss the “stop sign ahead” sign. Did I mention that it’s a 4 way stop in a residential neighborhood, so even if you do miss (somehow!) stopping at the stop sign, it’s not like you’d be driving into some highway traffic or something. You’ld probably just go right through, no problem.
How dumb do they think we are? How much protection from ourselves do we need?
And is this contributing to the “dumbing down” of our society?
I wonder sometimes if many people get so used to others (the state) looking out for (“protecting”) them, that they basically turn their brain off because they no longer need to think for themselves. (And then when
they need to think, they can’t remember how.)
I guess you could say my answer to you question is “Yes.”