Genealogy of a Buzzcreep

Continuing the previous post on buzzing…

Initially, this post was there to cheer up those who have been buzzed while cycling and to give them the tools necessary to not only withstand buzzing, but to actively use the negative energy of cyclists in order to grow psychologically and to thrive just like an energy draining creature who gets more powerful the more you attack her.

However, I got caught up making this a bit sadder than I wanted so you can skip this if you want to learn something today or to be cheered up.

Often overlooked in the whole buzzing thing is our feelings and why we feel the way we do.

First of all, I’d like to quote Buffy who said, “All my emotions are complete assets.”

I love this quote, and I live it, but I must admit that it’s only partially true.

Still, I feel that one’s feelings are important, and that they are all good even anger and depression. No one is responsible for how one feels because no one can control it.

This is why it makes me angry when people who are in a good place in their lives, who have no problems tell me to “relax” or “chill out”.

It’s idiotic to expect someone, like a robot, to control their emotions.

On the other hand, one is 100% responsible for one’s _actions_ regarding their emotions.

Just because something feels like a good idea at the time doesn’t mean that one won’t live to regret it–or die trying.

All this is obvious to every reader, but then again, it’s NOT obvious on the roads otherwise nobody would get buzzed.

Think about it, what’s the benefit to buzzing someone?

Satisfaction of “teaching someone a lesson”?

There’s no satisfaction that can’t be gained some other, better way like helping the homeless. If someone wants to “teach a lesson”, they can tutor GED students or join Big Sisters.

It’s like that scene in Pulp Fiction, “What’s wrong, Ringo? Do you think that this is the first time that someone pointed a gun at my head?”

In the same way, experienced cyclists get buzzed all the time. We don’t learn anything from it other than to stereotype all drivers as douche bags.

Since I have many, many lovely friends who drive, only, I know that the above isn’t the case. But this is what’s being taught in the class of the buzzcreeps.

While the upside of teaching someone a lesson by buzzing them has the opposite of the intended effect. What’s the downside?

Mainly a few years in prison. Others have been beat up when they get stuck at a light–I totally recommend against this and violence of any kind. Still others, those who still have active, working consciousnesses, got years of guilt that could only be drowned with drugs.

Thus, the conclusion I draw is that those who buzz other people are not acting rationally.

Deep down they believe that they are good people and that they are doing the world a better place.

In reality, they are acting in a childish and an emotional manner which can not lead to any good. They are risking prison time for a little bit of pleasure at someone else’s expense.

Or they just aren’t paying attention which means that they are again, showing bad judgment, either by trying to make their ride more entertaining or because they lack the physical or psychological abilities necessary to drive in a safe manner.

How sad.

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