As a group, truckers are generally more aware of the day’s issues than the average person. The job and lifestyle provide opportunity for contemplation, and the CB provides an active forum to discuss the issues. But while truckers may be more familiar with the issues, their follow-through could be far better.
It’s just not enough to think and talk. To get things done, it’s necessary to be actively involved, whether by donating time or money to your chosen cause, by joining an organization of like-minded people, or by voting intelligently.
While complaining about regulations and enforcement is common in the trucking industry, how often do most of us actually drill down on a candidate’s track record, or at least do enough research to find out where a candidate stands on issues that affect the trucking industry?
Unfortunately, the answer is almost never, and the living proof of that is the number of politicians still in office well past their physical and mental prime, proving that far too many people outsource their judgment when it comes to elections. Whether that judgment is outsourced to a TV commercial or a political party, too many throw away their vote by failing to do the necessary homework. Voting by itself isn’t enough; it’s necessary to be informed beyond the level of listening to chatter.
The need to be more involved isn’t limited to voting. Sadly, this complacency also exists when it comes to the organizations we join. While it’s tough to find a member who is 100% happy with the way a group runs, many organizations need to recruit directors just to keep the minimum number of board seats filled. Only joining a group isn’t enough; it’s necessary to actively participate and to lead if necessary.
Complacency is also way too prevalent when we make donations. Most of us love cute little puppies, and there is no shortage of organizations that rely on that. Hiding among these organizations are a handful of extremist groups that will ask for money under the guise of saving puppies but are more likely to use that money to fund lawsuits attacking hunting, fishing, and farming. Here again, just donating money isn’t enough; it’s necessary to research the organization asking for your money to see where it’s really going.
The answer is for us to shut off the “auto-pilot” that guides many decisions and become more actively involved in the details that shape our lives. For 2014, resolve to be more involved!