If you grew up in snow country like I did, you were told that when driving on snow and ice, never turn away from the skid, run from the skid, or ignore the skid. Rather, we were taught to confront a skid aggressively with swift action.
If your vehicle’s back-end is skidding in the snow to the right, turn the steering wheel hard to the right. If it slides to the left, turn hard left.
When we confront the skid or slide directly like this, we kill our vehicle’s momentum and win back control.
Otherwise, we end up in the ditch.
A Metaphor for Confronting Society’s Values?
This safe driving maneuver is an apt picture for those frustrated by what might be seen as a slide in our world’s values.
Possibly, each of us could directly confront the “skid” we see taking place—not by lecturing, shaming and criticizing others—but through our own actions.
Our own choices.
In other words, through personal accountability …