Monday, February 19, 2018

Speed Limits


Tommy Deal

What is it about posted speed limits that bother people?  Or, better yet, why do folks feel they do not apply to them, that they are merely a suggestion?  And, why are they so apologetic when they get caught and get a “Blue Light Special?”

Now, I must confess that I may sometimes find that I have worn my heavy shoes some days.  Particularly when I get out on the interstate and mere survival requires that I keep up with the flow.

But regularly neighbors in my neighborhood could care less the posted speed limit is 35 mph. (Disclaimer: I do not live within the city limits of our great city of Dalton!)  I pull out of my driveway with no cars within a quarter of a mile from my driveway; I accelerate to the posted speed and from out of nowhere a neighbor is running late to drop the kids off at school or get to the office and suddenly I become the bad guy.  At least I must be the bad guy as evidenced by the friendly gestures and mouthed words sent my way.

I applaud all the efforts our officers give to make us safe, including stopping some who apparently received their driver’s training from NASCAR.  It seems that when they are presented their “certificate of recognition” they are not so much repentant for their breaking the laws as they are that they got caught.

Speed Limits are posted for our safety and good.  Laws are written to give guidance to an order with which we should live.  Those who enforce the laws are instruments of maintaining a safe society for everyone. 

There are laws of science and nature.  For the most part these are givens within our world which provide the order with which we live.  Breaking any of these laws, too, have consequences.  Fall off a ladder and one will soon find that two laws of nature were broken, and now perhaps they are, too.

God, too, has given us laws.  These were not given to limit us or to break us.  They were given in hopes that those who follow them will find God’s original plan of love and grace.  Unfortunately, we each think that “a little over the limit” won’t really matter…unless we get caught.

The prophet Micah wrote, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Jesus, the Christ when quizzed about the greatest commandment (or law) said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Yes, there is other guidance Holy Scripture gives us and we should live as it instructs.  But I would surmise that if more of us would just follow these two, this world we live in would be a much better place. (And, perhaps we wouldn’t be speeding through life and missing the best parts!)

1 comment:

  1. It saddens me to see this kind of attitude on highways as well as nearly every other part of the world as well. Decency, respect for others, truthfulness, order, standards all seem to be superseded by this attitude of “after me, then you are first.”

    Schools have turned teachers into babysitters. Churches are led by pastors more intent on keeping their job than actually doing their job. Nobody seems offended when political dissent becomes actual hatred for people duly elected. Companies produce bogus products, in hopes they can get by without getting caught. More thought is given to one getting a colonoscopy than an abortion.

    Maybe speeding and aggressive driving really isn’t that unusual or noteworthy after all. Perhaps I am a dinosaur which no longer fits in ( if ever I did).