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Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome (PAS) is the name given by psychologists to those who walk in a very brisk and directed manner on busy city sidewalks. The aggressiveness comes when they encounter dawdlers in their path who are intent with their cell phones, either talking or texting. As they pass, they mutter insults and fantasize about violence while displaying a “mean face.”

--The Week, March 4, 2011 p. 7 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Patience remains part of the fruit of the spirit, even in today’s fast-paced technological world. We should allow God’s Spirit to infuse us so that we refuse to allow PAS to become a part of our makeup on the sidewalk, even as we protect ourselves against road rage on the highway.

Galatians 5:22-23 (CEV) (22) God's Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, (23) gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways.

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