Gedankenspiel: öffentlicher Verkehr vs. Empathie. (Allgemeines Forum)

Oscar (NL), Eindhoven (NL), Dienstag, 10.05.2022, 11:59 (vor 13 Tagen)

Hallo ICE-Fans,

letzter Zeit schaue ich mir oft Videos an von US-Amerikanern, die nach Europa umgezogen (übersiedelt?) sind, weil die Umständen hier besser sind als in den USA.
Das betrifft Ernährung, Krankenversorgung, Krankenversicherung, Schulsystem, Raumordnung und ja, auch Infrastruktur und öffentlicher Verkehr. Man kommt in Europa dank "Öffis" relativ gut voran ohne Auto.

Dieses Video von Nate Lawson (US-Expat in Deutschland) hatte mich erfasst. Gibt es einen Zusammenhang zwischen öffentlichem Verkehr und die Empathie, die dem YouTuber in den USA fehlt? Sind Bus-/Bahnfahrer mehr empatisch?

Hier sind meine Gedanken. Da ich sie zuerst im Gesichtbuch gepostet habe, mein dortiger Bekanntenkreis international ist und mir die Zeit einer Übersetzung zur Zeit fehlt, poste ich sie hier im Original-Englisch.


Today, I stumbled upon a video by Nate Lawson who responded to another video that claimed that "the US sucked at everything". I cannot judge about that, because I never was in the US. But the phrase "this country lacks empathy" (17:10 in the video) got me, in correlation with the fact that Europe has (far) better public transport than the US.

I think there is a correlation between the two. Here is why (I can tell from my own experiences).

When I talk about public transport, I usually hear: "it starts where I am not, bring me to where I do not want to be, at a time that does not suit me."
By the way, I have a similar statement myself about private automobiles: "they are idle for at least 20 out of 24 hours a day, occupy at least 15 square metres each and usually host one person although there is room for five."

But what is it like when you never had an automobile and do everything on foot, by bike or by public transport, 24/7/365? Well, here are some of the benefits:

1. I'm getting used to a service that does not appear at any place and any moment. This also means that I'm getting used to a phenomenon that is not straightforward. This is different from an automobile, which stands at your frontdoor and can be used anytime.
As a result, if something does not go as planned, I will rather accept this as an unfortunate fact. Sure, I used to rant and rave about delays and cancellations. But over time, I got used to that; all that ranting and raving will not cause the bus or train to arrive earlier.

2. Knowing that I have to walk or cycle towards the nearest bus stop or train station also makes me realise that I can sometimes do the entire journey on foot of by bike. This is different from an automobile that is always at close reach. It is then more tempting to take a ride (the magic word is "convenience") rather than to consider alternatives.

3. While on a bus or train, I share the means of transportation with other, mostly unknown people. This is different from an automobile that you drive yourself or accompanied by people you know.
I tend to observe the people around me. Maybe there is a nice person to talk to. Maybe someone is in need for help. Maybe I should pass my place to a person with limited mobility or a pregnant woman.

4. But even if I do not feel the need to connect to other people, I can still watch the changing landscape, read a book, write a text, even take a nap. This is not possible while driving an automobile.

5. If something goes wrong while on the way, I am not alone. Facing a delay or an unplanned stop still allows you to communicate with other passengers. This is different from a traffic jam on the road which you have to face all by yourself; there is no way to communicate with drivers in vehicles in front of you, behind you or next to you.

I'm not suggesting everyone should throw away their automobiles. Private automobility and public transport both have their right of existence. But I do think that my choice of preferred transportation for the public one largely determined my view at the world. Some may call it "socialist" or "communist" or "green" or "left". As such, I consider taking a bus or train ride as a hardcore motorist an opportunity to see your outside world from a different, maybe less biased, perspective.
Needless to say that I'm BLESSED to live in a country where, even though many of its inhabitants need their automobiles at times, they also use the public transport.


Was meint Ihr dazu? Sind Öffifahrer tatsächlich empatischer als Autofahrer?
Bin nach Euren Meinungen gespannt.


Oscar (NL).

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