NO U-TURN.

Lately I’ve been noticing that our culturally inherent response to problem solving is prohibitory in nature. No U-Turn. Do Not Enter. No Step. We make laws and strictures to prevent actions that people take without addressing the fact that there’s a REASON people take those actions (and often continue to do so even after prohibitory measures are in place). I can’t help but be struck by how bass-ackwards this is.

If you have to put up a sign prohibiting U-Turns, it’s probably because people need a convenient place to turn around there. Instead of trying to enforce the prevention of this, why not create a convenient means of changing direction?

If you have to put up a sign saying “Do Not Enter”, it’s probably because people need a convenient place to get through there. Instead of trying to enforce prevention, why not create a convenient way for people to gain admittance?

If you have to put up a sign saying “No Step”, it’s probably because people need to get up there. Just install a goddamn ladder, why don’t you? I guarantee your sign is not going to stop people from using it as a step.

Now that I see this, I can’t unsee it, and it’s everywhere. What the hell is wrong with us? Is this an American cultural thing, or is it common worldwide?

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~ by oberon the fool on March 5, 2011.

One Response to “NO U-TURN.”

  1. This is true. I also had this thought when I was pulled over for violating the median. People need to turn here, traffic makes them impatient, instead of pulling me over you should widen the road or create another route to ease congestion. Guess they have to collect a bunch of fines since all of our tax dollars are being misappropriated into our officials’ pockets and personal retirement funds. Bastards.

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