There aren’t any traffic lights in my immediate neighborhood, probably because there are not many junctions and not much traffic. If I want to see a traffic light I have to walk down to Car Street. We go that way if we need to go to the shopping mall or the pet shop or the shops on Marjanishvili Street.
The reason I like traffic lights is that they know what will happen in the future and how long there is to wait until it happens. They know when cars and trucks and buses will stop and start again and they very helpfully share this information. It is not a prediction that could be right or wrong – it is a certainty.
The tall person told me that people do their best to control the future and make it less unpredictable. He suggested that without this desire to control there would be chaos.
Hmm, yes tall person. Without traffic lights no one would know when to stop or go and people might get hurt in accidents.
So wouldn’t it be better to know everything that will happen in the future?
The tall person shook his head and told me that we would still worry and still fear and still despair, perhaps more than we do now because we would know what would happen and when it would happen. But more importantly, we would lose some of the greatest emotions in life because there would be no joy of expectation or the thrill of surprise, no need for hope and no dreams.
Hmm, thank you tall person but I was only asking about traffic lights.