What is the point of violence?
Ever since I moved back to Pakistan I have noticed that some people are driven to burning buses or cars or taxis or setting shops on fire whenever they are upset about something.
This photo was taken on the main road a little distance from where i live. I hear that the drivers of two container trucks were driving like maniacs and were involved in an accident. I don’t know if anyone was hurt or killed. But apparently some passersby got worked up and set fire to the two container trucks.
Whereas I can understand the anger at the rash manner in which these drivers drive their vehicles and the accidents that often result, I do not know what benefit is derived from setting them on fire. Violence only begets violence. Strict adherence to traffic regulations is what is required. If only our police could get their act in order and if only we as citizens would learn to be more responsible, things would begin to change. Why is it that the same taxi and truck drivers and the rest of us seem to adhere to traffic laws in the Middle East, the Far East and other countries? Is it because we know we won’t be allowed to get away with it?
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