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In the essay "On the Rule of the Road," A.G. Gardiner, says that some people are...

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anitaballal | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 20, 2012 at 6:55 AM via web

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In the essay "On the Rule of the Road," A.G. Gardiner, says that some people are becoming "liberty drunk."   How can a connection be made between his claim and today's scenario on our roads?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM (Answer #1)

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The connection between this claim and the scenario on modern roads will depend a bit upon what country or region your roads are located in.  There are very different customs of driving in different countries.

In the United States, a major connection is that we see on our roads the consequences of being "liberty drunk."  Gardiner says that people who are liberty drunk do whatever they want without considering the needs of others and of the society as a whole.  On the roads, they cut in and out of traffic or they eat or shave or apply makeup or send text messages as they drive.  These actions are convenient to them, but they put others in danger.

Gardiner argues that society is weakened when people act in these ways.  We can see this on our roads in the phenomenon of "road rage."  As people act in selfish ways, our social cohesion breaks down.  We then think that it is acceptable to act very aggressively towards other drivers (perhaps as Gardiner would like to act towards the man who was talking loudly and incessantly as he was trying to read).  In this way, the scenario on our roads today shows us that people who are "liberty drunk" break down our social cohesion with their actions.

 

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