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Thursday, March 15, 2007


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I have a couple reactions/possible explanations here:

1) I, too, am continually amazed by how little power people believe conversations have. Compared with the power they give a jerkish bus driver, who engages in the dynamic of bullying, people feel that doing positive behaviors like having a conversation is like trying to stop a charging dragon with a dandelion. But we seem more than willing to let a boorish individual (bus driver, loudmouth at a movie theater, etc.) control the mood of a collective. When that thorn is removed, then everyone seems to brighten up. Granted, the logic behind why it is easier and more fun to join a group of happy people than to try to make unhappy people happier is pretty self-evident. But that leaves things too random, I fear. What will happen six months hence, when the bus driver changes again? Is the only response for someone on the bus to become more authoritative and tell the driver to be nicer? That only swaps out the voice of authority, rather than addresses its base. Maybe?


2) Now that the bully bus driver is no longer stealing your milk money, you and the other passengers are eating better when you get to school or elsewhere. Therefore, you are having a better day, and getting a better night's rest, making you all the more willing to chat happily in the morning. A balanced diet is important.

"Hail to the bus driver, bus driver, bus driver! Hail to the bus driver, bus driver man!"


I would love to know which bus route and time this is!

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