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Running Stop Signs: Early Warnings of a Lawless Society

Updated on November 12, 2011

A Metaphor of Life or Death

Who Stops at Stop Signs?

What is the meaning of a stop sign?

Does anyone in America actually stop at stop signs any more? I mean stop signs are made for stopping, aren't they? Or are they mere suggestions? if no one else is around; if there isn't anyone coming from any of the other three directions, what does it matter if a person stops or not? There is no danger. No harm, no foul, right? harm, no foul?

Running Stop Signs: A Metaphor of American Society

Not observing stop signs may be harmless per se, but perhaps the practice is a metaphor for an American society gone awry. Consider the following examples:

  • Faced with the opportunity to pad their paychecks with larger commissions, Washington Mutual loan officers ignore an internal audit warning of bad practices in its home mortgage loan division.
  • Goldman Sachs purposely sales bad investments to receive commissions and then bets against them to profit from other people's demise.
  • Superstar athletes like Pittsburgh Ben Roethlisberger and Golf phenom Tiger Woods ride their hero status into night clubs and cannot so "no" to the pandering groupees.
  • Middle class couples with middle class incomes cannot say "no" when offered the chance to own a home with a mortgage of more than 60% of their take-home pay, only to declare bankruptcy three to five years later.
  • Men everywhere in America are addicted to internet porn including loving husbands and fathers and religious leaders.
  • The average American couple has $15,000 in consumer debt because they never know when to say enough is enough.

Stop Signs Redefined: An American Society on the Right Track

So what is the answer? Well, perhaps the answer comes in redefining what a stop sign is? Instead of thinking of a stop sign as a legal nuisance, perhaps it is better to think of it as a means of protection for you and those in your path ahead.

Stop signs were not set up for the mere sake of laying down another rule; they were installed to protect you and me from harm. They allow the driver to stop and observe his or her surroundings before proceeding ahead; to take a deep breath before continuing on; to think through the next move in order to avoid danger and continue safely, successfully, without unnecessary hassles.

Stops Signs: A Metaphor of a Society in Cooperation Together for the Common Good of All

Stop signs are about a society in cooperation together for everyone's common good.

Obviously, the loan officers at Washington Mutual and the investment bankers at Goldman Sachs were not thinking of the common good of the American people when they purposely sold bad investments knowing those investments would fail. They had their own well-being in mind and it resulted in a fallen economy that wrecked many lives.

Tiger Woods did not have the well-being of his wife and family in mind when he ran the stop signs of fidelity and engaged in multiple affairs around the country and globe.

Redefining the meaning of stop signs and observing them as necessary means of protection rather than inconvenient nuisances of minor consequence will help America to get back on the right track.


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    • jesusmyjoy profile image

      Betty Bolden 

      7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      great writing

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      John Powers 

      8 years ago

      A stop sign should be just what it says, STOP. Beyond crossing the stop line, is a ticket awaiting. This is for safety, and the other costs that accumulate at an accident. Useless decision could put you in prison!

    • ecoggins profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Corona, California

      KenWu, yes, always moving but never getting to a desirable destination.Thank you again for your encouragment.

    • KenWu profile image


      8 years ago from Malaysia

      Stop, run your brain a little bit move and make your move.

      A great advices, more often than not majority people around the world is having this so called disease. Never know when and where to stop!

    • UlrikeGrace profile image


      9 years ago from Canada

      What a good analogy with the stop is a check point put in place to stop, breath and consider the safety of the next move...and how often we do just roll through the stop sign and then after an accident say...what happened I didn't see it coming!

      We do this in everyday life as we steam roll through life and then when the "accident" happens...we claim innocence!Yet we have ignored and steamed rolled right through the waring stop signs of the Holy Spirit.

      Great Hub...Blessings to you


    • ecoggins profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Corona, California

      No doubt that many in our society are addicted to the adrenaline rush that comes with instant gratification. In a sense they truly cannot help themselves because they are so locked into the need for something more, something greater. Settling for less is boring. The best we can do is alert people to the problem and point them back to the only true source of peace, satisfaction, and contentment - Jesus, and pray that the Holy Spirit help them break the chain of bondage.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      The stop sign is a great analogy to the instant gratification mentality we see all around us. I enjoyed this well thought out hub with its comparisons to many different situations. The problem is, how do you change people? When I became a Christian a lot changed in my life, and some things changed because I didn't like worrying about debt, so I quit buying what I couldn't afford, but there is a whole society out there without much incentive to change.

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      9 years ago from carthage ill

      smart smart hub read very true thanks

    • Springboard profile image


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      I like the way you tied society to a stop sign. Very well stated. We DO live in a society nowadays where it is sort of an every man for himself mentality. In the end I'm not sure where that will ultimately lead us. I do think, though, that as individuals we at least have the power to change that one person at a time. I'll do my part. You do yours. Now we have two, and maybe 4 based on the other two commenters.

      Maybe. :)

    • Myriad profile image


      9 years ago from the bottom of your heart .. ie chennai!

      Absolutely rivetting ! What to do , We have our mind being led uncontrollably intelligent marketers !

    • RevLady profile image


      9 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      A wonderful message. We do need to heed the signs of the times and stop playing Satan's games. Thank you.


      Forever His,


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