When the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — PATH — are forced to create cartoon posters inside their trains to train riders how to behave in public, we begin to wonder how and why we became such a debased society in need of such basic correction.
Have we lost all our moral character?
Do we live in the bottomless pit of a values-less existence?
The PATH proper behavior poster proves our human mendacity in a damning semiotic that speaks to our ignoble past and our modern, uncouth, ways.
What’s next? A PATH poster demonstrating we should keep our knives hidden in our pockets and out handguns holstered in our boots?
Will we have a PATH poster dedicated to proper bathing, showering and wearing clean underwear every day?
When the Port Authority is reduced to the nanny role of promoting basic social interaction — instead of making sure the trains run on time — the total fraying of the fabric of society cannot be far behind.