Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: The Deep South of Vermont
Good analysis, human nature.
Quote: "Conclusion: I think people constantly wonder whether the events in other peoples lives could happen to them. The reaction to "I was broad sided" gets the minimal response because like cancer, it might be contagious. It's important to run away and dismiss the possibility it could happen to them. At least that's why I think I get the quick 'so sorry' before they exit ASAP. Whereas, the motorcyclist should be lectured for several reasons, including the reassurance that they couldn't possibly get hurt or killed today because they're not stupid enough to ride. And, there's the added benefit of feeling superior."
Your post and analysis reminded me of medical visit I made last spring to have my foot checked. I had crushed my foot against a guard rail riding my CB550. My appointment was a follow up; I was concerned that a fracture had been missed on prior xray because of the length of time it was taking to recover. The guy I ended up seeing was an internal medicine resident at my local VA hospital. He didn't examine my foot, he didn't review the earlier radiographs, all he did was pull up my file on the computer, read the prior report and then proceeded to lecture me on the dangers of motorcycle riding.
I'll give him credit for perhaps being well intentioned, but I found him condesending and boorish. Not only did he fail to evaluate my chief complaint, he failed to consider that I might have done an objective risk analysis of motorcycling and the events that led to my mishap. He assumed that I was some childish bonehead who needed to be chastised for my risky behavior.
Okay, according to his thinking I needed couseling... but this young, recent medical school graduate, now in his residency, was one of the most overweight health care professionals I have ever seen. So here's an overweight guy with an education that makes him highly knowledgeable about the risk factors for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, etc., lecturing me about brusing my foot motorcycle riding.
Isn't human nature amazing?
Denial... oh, yeah, that's a river in Egypt.