So there's this cool Facebook page called Humans of New York, made by a guy who identifies himself as simply Brandon. According to him, he "set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. Somewhere along the way, I began to interview my subjects in addition to photographing them. And alongside their portraits, I'd include quotes and short stories from their lives."
One such quote (accompanied by the above photo) is this one from a New York traffic officer. We want you to read it and commit it to memory, so that the next time you find yourself getting really mad at a traffic-management enforcer, you will remember that he or she is really just doing a job. Here is the quote:
I'm a traffic cop. It's a job. Somebody's got to do it. I don't even represent myself when I'm working. If I was representing myself, I'd let everyone off with a warning. I represent a system. Did I design the system? No. I just enforce it. It's not for me to decide the system. We elect the people who decide the system. When I write a ticket, everyone tells me a reason that they don't deserve it. If I gave a warning to everyone with a reason, I wouldn't give any tickets, and the system wouldn't work. I don't get any joy by giving a ticket. And I'm not upset if you beat it in court. It's not personal. It's my job.
Wow. This changed our perception of traffic officers in an instant. Don't tell us it didn't change yours.