Sunday, October 26, 2008

The traffic light of life.

You come to a red light at an empty intersection and you stop. You wait for the light to change, but the light never changes, nothing every changes. Eventually you commit to running the red light, to taking control and driving through the intersection. The second you cross the line into the intersection, the red light camera takes your picture with a flash and a click. It's not about enforcement, it's about punishment. Everyone is to afraid to force you to obey the law. Everyone is simply waiting for an opportunity to threaten you into accepting punishment. It's about allowing you through on their own magnanimity, to cross the intersection on the change of a light, the change of an instruction. It's about collectively threatening you into surrendering yourself to collective authority.

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