Five Things Our Unsacred Society Holds Sacred
It seems like every morning I wake up to face something I hold sacred being drawn, quartered and spat upon by any one of the vast array of members of what is generally considered American “society.” Because there is so much that was at one time cherished and has been very intentionally trampled underfoot, it can be rather tempting to throw my hands into the air, questioning “Is nothing sacred?!?!” Outbursts such as these are generally not helpful and while musing about the unholy things an immoral society reveres, I think it important to consider the things that are both good and held as sacred by our generally unsacred culture. It’s a short list, I know, but sometimes you take what you can get.
1. Wet Paint – Whether it’s being considerate of another person’s hard work or the desire to remain clean, anything with a wet paint sign will be avoided at all costs. I’ve heard of bank robbers who made it all the way to the vault only to turn around and go home because on it hung the revered sign. Actually, that’s not true, but what if it were?!
2. HOV lanes – Surprisingly, the Dallas, TX transit website says it almost as well as I could (which is enough for a blogger under a deadline): Anyone who’s driven around the metroplex during rush hour knows a sad truth: It’s lonely in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The fact is, you have more fun when you share a ride in a High Occupancy Vehicle lane. Just like it takes two to tango, it also takes at least two people to use an HOV lane. Notice the tango-ing passengers to the right, taken from the same website. When HOV lanes first appeared in Dallas over 10 years ago, there was merely a white line dividing the HOV riders from the slow going riff-raff that refused to enter into the sacred byway. Nowadays, they have probably followed Houston’s example and erected concrete barriers to keep people from HOV-hopping; if only protecting that which is actually sacred were that easy…