O For Art Thou Distracted!
If Juliet could have texted Romeo to tell him that the poison she was ingesting was not real, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet would have had a much different ending! Poor Romeo and Juliet, they would have had a much easier love affair if they were blessed to be part of the modern world. They wouldn’t have had to rely on snail mail to get a message to one another and their fate would have been a much happier one! We, on the other hand, are fortunate beings! In an instant we can send sweet nothings to current or prospective lovers, notify our friends of our comings and goings, and find out what Angelina and Brad are wearing to the Oscars. Yes, we are the fortunate ones!
We are so blessed to be able to type and drive a car at the same time. Some of us are even talented enough to put on make-up, change the radio station and stuff a doughnut into our mouths all before the light turns green. We can have arguments with our spouses on our cell phones while trying to make a left-hand turn at a busy intersection. Some bus drivers are even so gifted they can text while driving children to school! Oops, my mistake! The bus driver I’m thinking of wasn’t that gifted, he crashed the bus into the car in front of him because his eyes were glued to his text message below.
While we are blessed to live in the modern world and most of us probably won’t mistakenly kill ourselves because we didn’t get the message we were supposed to, there have to be boundaries. We are all guilty of some, if not all, of the aforementioned driving mistakes and in our hearts we know that these actions are wrong. A basic driving instruction manual states this fact clearly and it is the same manual we agree to follow when we apply for licenses. We can’t do it all. Something has to give, otherwise we are multi-tasking ourselves into certain death or disfigurement. Is getting that message or phone call really worth risking never being able to see your family again? You know the answer and so do I. We just have to follow it.
When Prohibition was lifted and that generation was once again able to consume alcohol, that didn’t mean they could go and get drunk and get behind the wheel of a car. We all know the ending to that scenario. Laws were established to limit alcohol consumption before operating a vehicle. Like drunk driving, we are distracted when we are not giving our fullest attention to operating a machine that weighs approximately two tons. There is always enough time in the day to pull over or wait to we reach our destination to answer the phone or text. I believe that if laws were created regarding this ever-growing problem, all of us would be less likely to pick up a phone while driving.
So, Juliet, even though you think you weren’t lucky enough to live in modern times, look at it this way, if you could have texted Romeo and given him the down-low on what you were up to, there’s a good chance if he answered it he may have crashed his car and you would have ended up like you did in the first place!