I could have been in 3 minor car accidents these past 2 days, and none of them would have been my fault.The 3 other drivers tried to turn into the main road (which I was driving on and therefore have the right of way first) through impatience, carelessness and pure idiocy.
The first would-have-been accident was a driver who tried to make a U-turn into the main road; I have just turned into the main road myself, but since I am there first therefore the driver should have waited for me to pass first, but he was so impatient he tried to turn first. I was driving in a nearby neighbourhood, one that I am very familiar with and therefore my driving was sure and fast, despite having just turned into the main road (yes, I drive an auto). There are drivers who would have given him way just to avoid an accident – not to say that I wouldn’t but I just don’t think of avoiding accidents when I’m driving, when I’m clearly in the right of way! We both had to break and jerk our cars forward within inches of each other, and naturally I blared my horn and gave him a what I call my tulan face (a furious scowl of sorts).
The second would-have-been accident was a lorry driver who tried to turn opposite my lane, which is the main road. There was another bigger lorry which is trying to turn and was blocking this lorry’s driving vision, and because this wasn’t a very busy road, the driver assumed there wouldn’t be any cars and tried to turn across my lane to the opposite direction. Again, the lorry had to break and jerk itself forward and I had to rely on my trusty horn to express my anger. (I am very hot-tempered in the car and spew foul words like a candy shower in your dreams. I also love my car’s horn because it has a very angry tone to it when pressed for a few seconds; some cars have toots than horns, which makes them sound like they’re squawking rather than screaming at errant drivers).
The third would-have-been accident was a driver who was also trying to turn across my lane into the opposite direction. I was just about to turn into another lane which is just after that driver’s lane. So I was slowing down just before I had to turn, but the driver had to wait for me to pass before he could make his turn. I don’t know what the fucking hell is wrong with him, he thought that he should turn first because I was slowing down!! Again, break and jerk and horn. 👿
I get really riled up by driving situations like this because these drivers’ attitudes could have cost me time and emotions and trouble, when it’s not even my fault. If you raise the degree of these would-have-been accidents – if instead of just having broken or dented bumpers, someone could have been killed in the accident, I would rather be the one who died but was faultless than the one who caused the accident but survived, because I couldn’t stand the guilt.
My point is even though I know life isn’t fair, but what I wish, other than life to be fairer, is that people are treated as equally as humanly possible. Right to be treated as equal as others who are of different sex, ethnicity, body size, et cetera. Right to receive basic necessities as those who are getting them in abundance in other countries. Right to freedom, whether in speech or liberty. Right to basic human rights, and also non-human rights.
I know my would-have-been accidents doesn’t really relate to my wish of equality in rights among all humans, but I think what they both lack is fairness… Life isn’t fair, and I sure wish it were a little bit more that. Fairness is justice, and justice is right. Right should be ours to have as creatures equal in the eyes of God.
ps. About this post’s title, of course I don’t mean it literally! I mean, it’s stupid to want to die just to be right… I rather not die, but I still want to be right if I can. 😛 I mean, sometimes you just feel like that, don’t you? That the only way to prove your point is to go all the way with it?