The Wheels On The Bus Go Round And Round

Today, after I had already thought to write an entry about buses, I read about something called the struggle bus [1] from what an acquaintance of mine had posted online. Like many of my friends (if not all of them), I have enough struggles to turn the little flash drawing into a pile of rubble and ashes. I wonder often if the same things that stress me out also stress others out as well, and it is possible that there are at least a few common situations that many people struggle with in different sides and in different ways. Life is full of such matters, and at times we all ride the struggle bus. Some of us never seem to get off of it; I know that has been the case for me, and probably many others as well.

I developed my love for buses, and expressions involving buses, largely because my father and his father were both bus drivers for a small, rural school district in Western Pennsylvania. My father was not only a bus driver, but he also served for many years as an officer for the school bus driver’s union. I have often heard of union workers being thrown on the bus for being selfish and lazy, but there was nothing lazy about a group of bus drivers wanting living wages for having to wake up early and drive all over terrible roads in often difficult conditions several times a day to pick up and drop off students. There is a lot of blame that can go around when it comes to profits and companies, but front line employees are almost never the root cause of difficulties and problems, even if they suffer the most blame and difficulties.

In life, there is no shortage of occasions and situations where people try to throw others under the bus. When times of trouble come, there are at least a couple of ways that one can handle them. One can seek to explain the larger context and put one’s own failures in a larger picture, to try to learn from them and understand them. Especially if someone is a leader, one can take responsibility for the failures and work to overcome them and correct those systemic failures that are under one’s jurisdiction. Alternatively, one can throw others under the bus. Most people, when faced with either the need to explain or take advantage, are going to throw others under the bus, no matter how unjust and unfair it is. Few people in this day and age show any interest in taking responsibility for themselves [2], and none of us are immune to the scapegoating tendency of our times. Hopefully we may rise above it, though.


[2] See, for example:

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