Honoring the Great Unwritten Social Contract (7-13-10) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Honoring the Great Unwritten Social Contract (7-13-10)

For society to function well, each individual needs to honor an unwritten social contract.  When people don't, things get messy.  The rules of the great social contract are supposed to be handed down from parents to children. But if you're one of those people who never heard of this concept, allow me to share some of it with you. 

The social contract says when you take a shopping cart out of a store, you don't just abandon it at your car and drive off.  You take it to the cart corral so a gust of wind won't accidentally cause it to ding another person's car a few minutes after you've left.  

The social contract also says when you see a piece of litter on the street – even if you didn't put it there -- it's a good thing to pick it up and put it in the trash to leave the place a little nicer for the next person. 

And that thing on the steering column of your car? The turn signal? 

That's not a luxury option like a CD player or GPS that you only use when you feel like it. You should always use it to let everyone around you know where you plan to go next so they can plan their next move. 

There are hundreds of other entries in the great unwritten social contract.  Give us a call and tell us what's in the one you were taught. 

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.

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