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?