Hi. Hi…? Hi!
Yeah so here’s something to wrap your head around:
Did you read it? Good. Now look at the news feed of people from around 2 weeks ago.
See that? Yeah I thought so, too! It looks like a big box of shut up (with sprinkles)!
But of course not, we just love to talk and criticize don’t we? Actually if you think about it, Jordanian citizens are pretty much a good definition of “disrespectfully agreeing” in a way. It’s sad, yes, but it really is that way. We just talk, we disrespect the decisions made despite agreeing with what is happening by going with the flow (hence agreeing); we talk and yap about it for weeks to come, and at the slightest word of someone agreeing with our point, we start using it as backup for our argument, and we don’t mention the ones that are against it, because god forbid any of us should make the mistake of, well, making a mistake or saying “I don’t know”.
Some people were whole-heartedly hating on the government, hating on the statue going away (where did that thing go anyway?). Well, there you go you car-abusing kids, what they did is actually fixing. I, for one, am for a better public transportation system and letting the drivers have a disadvantage in one way or another for their choice to not be more sustainable, but this article is just to show that some solutions are not as bad as people make them out to be. The traffic lights are doing their job better than the circle (which is most probably because some people are too stubborn and selfish to let some people pass before them, let alone to respect their priorities).
Anyway, my dumb ideas/analysis aside, I must say this:
Dear GAM (Greater Amman Municipality),
Congratulations on making a positive impact in the hellish prison that is the Ammani transportation system. I bet it feels nice to make some people realize that you do (sometimes) make some good decisions, even if it is just a stitch to try and reduce the bleeding in our streets and earth.
I do hope you understand the true problem here, though: The people still do not trust you that much. Yes, there are many urban enthusiasts rising here and there, and yes, there are articles leaking wonderful ideas (yes I’m giving myself a high five) on the internet, but what about people who do not study such ideas?
People need to see results in their lives, they do not care what anyone says, and many of them are probably juggling two jobs trying to get by and do not have time to read what people think. Nobody has the care to read what people have to say if they are just swamped trying to survive.
All in all, you just need to get people to trust you. The thing is, you probably do have a wonderful amount of ideas you try to implement, and you probably have a good plan (I doubt that a mere fresh-grad has more experience in making working plans for cities), but the implementation of your plans is usually horribly done, and that is all that people see, making them such overly-cynical children who despise their parents.
Remember the bus plans you had? The money just vanished, and (if you really are working on it) you are not giving it enough exposure to regain a bit of trust for your own benefit, and some dignity for the working person’s tax money. Corruption is born out of the people themselves, but it is also born out of the feeling that nothing could happen to the corrupt. The system itself just needs some more bureaucracy for the higher-level deals and workers, not the commoners who have to run up and down stairs to get a paper done (or a map), but for the serious paperwork that concerns a huge amount of investment. I might just be naive, but how about you teach some workers that they would not lose their job if they suspect some corruption or if they are sure of it.
Bah, I might just be talking like everyone else who just run their mouth, but I like to think I make sense.