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62. Re: Blizzard's BlizzCon Apology Oct 28, 2011, 17:49 Jivaro
 
Prez wrote on Oct 28, 2011, 17:15:
There's a simple illustration of this at work at every major intersection in every major city in America. When I was a young child growing up in Bronx, New York, I remember I liked sitting on the corner of a busy intersection and watching the traffic. Light turns red, the mass of vehicles would obligingly come to a halt. Light turns green, the mass would move on. So on and so forth. Nice and orderly and all under control. Until the traffic light stopped working. One day the light just up and quit, and I marveled at how what was once an orderly and behaved mass of cars descended into a chaotic, bombastic mess. It was utter mayhem - cars packed bumper to bumper in all directions. People screaming horrible things at one another. Two fights broke out and somebody got hurt. Bad. The ambulance could not make it to the scene for over an hour because of the gridlock. I ran home crying, not sure exactly why at the time. But it was the utter baseness of it - I got to see humanity with the 'civilization' illusion (in this case, something as small as a series of colored light bulbs) stripped away. And it was terrifying. It doesn't take much reflection on such a thing to come to understand that humanity teeters on the edge of complete regression at any given moment.

The really scary thing is that we have an established system for how to handle things when the stop lights go out. Same system we use at a 4 way stop sign. The fact that the existence of a backup system did not prevent the chaos, despite it's simplicity and the fact that anyone with a driver's license knows about it, says a great many things about humanity. Is it the system that keeps us stable, or is it the routine? Seems to me that breaking the routine is the volatile component. Some routines are harder to change then others.
 
 
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