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Confession: Compelled to Look at the Car Wreck

  1. janshares profile image91
    jansharesposted 2 years ago

    For the last two days or so, I've been compelled to look at the car wreck. I keep slowing down to watch even though I know I need to keep driving and keep my eye on my own traffic. I knew it was a bad wreck, the longer the lines of cars extended, one after another. I actually drove pass several times but kept going back to see if the carnage had gotten any worse. I keep going around the block, saying I'm not going back there, but find myself circling around, compelled to see what happens next.

    Some people are actually stopping and getting out of their cars to try and help. But the situation has gotten so out of hand. I don't know why I keep going back. I feel like a voyeur. I guess it's human nature. Or maybe I keep hoping that it will be all cleared and the carnage removed. I'm fascinated by the car wreck as well as my response to it.

    I decided to post this as a way to keep myself from going back to peer in at the wreck. I'd also like to know if anyone else is as compelled as I am to keep looking at the car wreck. Thoughts? Peace.

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image88
      Rochelle Frankposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I am, too.
      But I think it is not so much a wreck as an inconvenient collision of of opinions, perspectives and ideas.
      I think it will eventually make us realize that we are all in this together, and we will make better connections with those who we initially thought were adversaries.

      1. Nancy Hardin profile image60
        Nancy Hardinposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Rochelle Frank, I totally agree with you. There is "safety" in numbers, they say. So the more we have, the better I believe. I think recovery is on its way and the injuries will heal quickly.

    2. colorfulone profile image90
      colorfuloneposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I wrote an article recently and posted a photo about a car wreck at the neighbor's, on another site. The driver died at the scene, and the female passenger is paralyzed.  Beer cans were scattered all over the sight.  Very sad that a witness judged the car traveling at about 90 mph on a country road with a very sharp curve.

      1. Sed-me profile image83
        Sed-meposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        That actually sounds a bit like the wreck Jan is talking about.

    3. bethperry profile image91
      bethperryposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      It is sometimes hard to notice the wrecks with all the "Dip Ahead" posts going up around the highway. So I try to just overlook the igits pulled over with their flat tires -the folks caught up in bitching sessions with fellow drives- and instead search for smoother exits.

      1. janshares profile image91
        jansharesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Great strategy, bethperry. Don't get distracted, keep going, take the next exit ramp.

    4. Solaras profile image92
      Solarasposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Great post!

  2. SmartAndFun profile image91
    SmartAndFunposted 2 years ago

    I managed to avoid getting involved in that wreck until tonight. Why did I hold out that long only to give in at the end? At least I hope it is the end.

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    calculus-geometryposted 2 years ago

    Is it the car wreck that caused a 400+ car pile-up, or the one that keeps re-igniting into a ball of flames just when you think it's fizzled out?

    1. janshares profile image91
      jansharesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The 400+ car pile up. I won't go pass there again.

    2. Rochelle Frank profile image88
      Rochelle Frankposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      C-G, you provided  some of the most reasonable moments. I rarely get involved in forum discussions, but this one caught me in the midst of the wreckage.

      1. janshares profile image91
        jansharesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I hope you didn't sustain any serious injuries, Rochelle. It's not worth it.

        1. Rochelle Frank profile image88
          Rochelle Frankposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          I'm good. I have insurance.

    3. SmartAndFun profile image91
      SmartAndFunposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yup. That's the one. I keep thinking it is close to being over, but alas. Maybe the mods will shut it down in the morning.

  4. lisavollrath profile image93
    lisavollrathposted 2 years ago

    I drove by, did a little rubber-necking, left a few notes, and sped away. I did not see any sign of the much needed clue bus.

  5. Sherry Hewins profile image96
    Sherry Hewinsposted 2 years ago

    I am over it. Some people made good points, but I have seen enough.

  6. janshares profile image91
    jansharesposted 2 years ago

    Thank you all for participating in my midnight metaphoric release. Have a blessed day, peace.

  7. rebekahELLE profile image89
    rebekahELLEposted 2 years ago

    I'm not sure of the car wreck you're referring to, but nonetheless, it sounds like a great metaphor!  Car wrecks are too distracting, just keep driving and stay focused on arriving at the destination.   smile

  8. Mark Ewbie profile image83
    Mark Ewbieposted 2 years ago

    I slowed down to look at the cats but when some woman went by pointing and shouting "THIIIIS!" - I got out of there.

    1. Solaras profile image92
      Solarasposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      +++LOL. Your the funniest man I have never known.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image89
      rebekahELLEposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      OHH, the flames..  Yeah, I have no time nor interest!

  9. Michael Kismet profile image88
    Michael Kismetposted 2 years ago

    I actually hate to admit this, but I like the opinionated chaos that ensues..It's a grand opportunity to see how certain people really conduct themselves when they have an agenda, or a point they're trying to get across.  The words in which we choose to express ourselves--speaks volumes, and as writers, we of all people should know, we are all held accountable for our words.

  10. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
    Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago

    ahhh! rubber-neckers, are ye? Usually when there is a pile up like that it greatly helps when a person with an objective viewpoint stops and tries to help find a solution to untangle the mess. It is sad, because the original driver on the freeway did not mean for it to turn into chaos.

    1. janshares profile image91
      jansharesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      So true, Phyllis. I feel so bad for him because he's a good driver. He tried so hard to keep the steering wheel steady but the pile up just kept coming. Not his fault.

  11. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
    Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago

    I think a driver should be be given the option of turning off the engine when it gets overheated.  I pulled out and parked on the curb went back to check then left again. Hopefully it is cleared up by now.

    1. janshares profile image91
      jansharesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Good point. But at some point, won't the driver need the dealership's mechanic to intervene so it won't continue to overheat? I hope it clears up soon, as well. Too many fumes, so unhealthy.

      1. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
        Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, fumes are unhealthy. That is why I parked then left. I think there are times when the traffic cops need to step in and clear up the wreck, route others around it. LOL

        1. janshares profile image91
          jansharesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Hmm, yes, you're right. The traffic cops. I wonder if any passers-by called 911 or at least made a report. I'm glad you got out in time. Are you still feeling compelled to return to the scene? I'm not anymore.

          1. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
            Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            No, not compelled to return to the scene. It started out okay and we were inching along then along comes a jam and that caused some tense "road rage" - I am not into road rage.

            1. janshares profile image91
              jansharesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              Phew! That'll do it. A traffic jam that makes everybody start blaming and yelling at each other. I'm not into it either. It can get pretty dangerous in the middle of a highway.

  12. PaulGoodman67 profile image91
    PaulGoodman67posted 2 years ago

    I struggle to take the car wrecks seriously, does that make me a bad person?  smile

    1. janshares profile image91
      jansharesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Not at all. It's a good sign that you realize life does ultimately go on, in spite of all the chaos you may encounter along the way. smile

 
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