Rule of the Road Essay

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Alfred George Gardiner (1865–1946) was a British journalist and author. His essays, written under the pen-name Alpha of the Plough, are highly regarded. Gardiner was born in Chelmsford, the son of a cabinet-maker and alcoholic. In 1899, he was appointed editor of the Blackburn Weekly Telegraph. From 1915 he contributed to The Star under the pseudonym Alpha of the Plough..A. G. Gardiner was for several years the editor of The Daily News, and produced several collections of essay and sketches like The Pillars of Society, Pebbles on the Shore, Leaves in the Wind and Many Furrows. His essays are characterized by wit, humour, and a deep understanding of human nature. His essays are uniformly elegant, graceful and humorous. His uniqueness lay in his ability to teach the basic truths of life in an easy and amusing manner .His style is in the best modern journalistic manner – clear, forceful and direct. The concept of a ‘Society’ enshrines within itself the concept of living with others and living for others. Where this concept goes missing, the social set up falls in shambles. There are conflicts and quarrels, riots and assaults. Man has been endowed reason only to enable him to think and this thinking has to be developed on the right lines if the ‘thinking man’ feels his obligations to the society. There are social inhibitions that forbid you from doing so or behaving in that manner. Man has been described as a rational animal but along with that he happens to be a social animal also. Sociability means and demands living for others too who are around? Jesus Christ preached ‘love thy neighbour as thy own self. Literally, when Gardiner refers to the "rule of the road," he is talking about the rules that govern what you are allowed to do on the road. .But there is a figurative meaning here as well. Gardiner is using traffic laws as a metaphor for the rules
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