One particular topic that grasped my attention from our class discussion on Chapter 9 was the issues surrounding social dilemmas – when individuals pursue their short-term interest which can potentially result in society’s long-term ruin – where the general public may unknowingly cause a severe amount of damage to society by performing in their everyday norms. Though we may not be conscious of our actions at that present moment, everything thing we “choose” to do has the likelihood of causing detrimental effects to society as a whole.
Such as throwing garbage on the streets, despite the fact that we may only look at the issue has we may not want to hold on to garbage or there isn’t a trash can in near site, if everyone thought this same way, the world we live in would be an unsanitary place. Likewise, if one us felt it makes no logical sense of paying taxes since they never call 911, they don’t have children enrolled in school and they don’t own a car so the conditions of the roads doesn’t faze them. Consequently, if we all so happened to live that same life and felt that same way then what would happen to those who did need the services offered by calling 911 or do use a car to drive from place to place. In short, though we may not realize it, some of our short-term actions can and HAVE caused horrendous effects.
In the video above are some commercial clips and a documentary of people whose lives have been alarmingly affected by ONE in individual whose chose to send a simple text while driving. Some text has simple has “Yeah” and “Where r” have caused individuals to lose their lives and suffer from permanent life altering injuries. As oppose to waiting until they reached their destination, of even just waiting until they reached a stop light, some of us choose to answer a text that as no form of relevance and causing a severe amount of damage and pain to others. One text causes people to lose their lives, which cause families to live in unbearable pain, which may also cause those families to perform in uncharacteristic actions that may affect others. Hence, a mere “Yeah T” can result in a chain reaction of unfortunate situations that weren’t definitely not intended at the moment.