The big hill
There's a commuter shortcut near my house.
To make it work, you need to accelerate the SUV up a really big hill, breaking the speed limit by ten or twenty mph. Then roll a stop sign, avoid a few kids walking to school and gun it on the downhill.
All to save three minutes.
Meanwhile, the other commuters arrive at work with their psychic energy saved for the real work. The hard work of confronting the status quo.
The first shortcut is selfish. It wastes resources and engages in risk to help no one but the driver.
The other work, though, is priceless. Those are the hills worth taking.
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