The world is different when viewed from a motorcycle.
Life is more intimate, more immediate. The countryside looks prettier, and you value your life more out of the vulnerability one can feel. The world is so large, while the motorcycle and you, even combined, are so small. It's an experience that can't be duplicated in many other means. One also becomes a much more acute observer, simply because the next pothole or the next patch of loose leaves may take you out.
Which leads to the subject. Riding in city also gets you thinking about the concept of time.
1 second. That is about the time one loses if one allows another vehicle to go in front of you, on a freeway, in any city street. For some strange reasons, that particular one second is so precious these days people would intentionally block you off and sometimes run you off the road. Recently, I have even observed in multiple online forums that people are happy to willingly take out motorcyclists and bicyclists for no obvious reasons. When questioned, the answers don't stray far beyond some ridiculous generalized accusations: "I hate those bicyclists, they think they can lane split and run red-lights", "those bikers are all a-holes". They talk with such convictions I wonder if they personally know every single bikers out there. How do they know?
This strikes me as odd. If a car, let alone an SUV, strikes a bicyclist or motorcyclist, invariably the smaller ones get hurt, or get killed. Recently, I have witnessed, first hand, a few drivers intentionally targeting bicyclists and motorcyclists, making maneuvers that meant nothing but harm to them. Looking at the cost in most situations, the cost to the driver was as much as 1 to 2 seconds. This one or two seconds, somehow, have been converted to a value that rises above someone else's limps. It has risen above the value of someone's lives. Is this how lives are being valued today? Below even the most mundane chores, like driving?
Next time, one may want to take 20 milliseconds to think about whether it is worth it. If one is in such a rush, may be one should plan a little ahead of time and leave 10 minutes earlier? Has it occurred to one that 2 seconds, on a grand scheme of things, really do not make a difference on the road? If you are already late for a meeting, a second will not save your face.
It is only one second.