Guy Blasting His Radio Stunned to Learn Other People Live in the World

Trent Sanders says he had no idea the world was filled with other people like him until someone pointed it out after he had been driving around town with music blasting out of his car. “It was like a light went off in my head,” says Sanders, 25. “I was just driving around like I always do and while I was sitting at a stop light this guy pulled up next to me, rolled down his window, and yelled, ‘Other people live in this world, asshole!  Not everyone wants to listen to your f**ing music!’ Then the light turned green and he peeled off. And I just sat there, stunned.”

Sanders says he just automatically assumed he was the only person in the world, which is why he thought it was perfectly okay for him to blast his music while he drives around. “Did I know other people were driving around, too, some trying to listen to their own music? I confess, I did not.”

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When the weather’s nice, Sanders says, he likes to roll his windows down and “just crank it!” That way he can still hear the music over other sounds, including the sound of his own car. He also likes to listen to music on his iPhone without earbuds when he’s walking or riding his bike. “But now I understand that, just as when I’m driving around in my car, other people live in the world when I’m walking around and riding my bike.”

Sanders’ musical tastes run from classic hard rock and heavy metal to hip hop, and even some pop. “When I’m driving I like heavy metal or hip hop,” he says. “When I’m at home, I like classic rock and pop tunes, and sometimes indy folk tunes.”

When he’s driving, he likes to feel the music as well as hear it. “I like it when you can feel the vibrations from the music in your body,” he says. “That’s when it’s really good.”

But now that he is newly aware of other people’s existence, he has to rethink how he listens to music.

“Of course, with other people in the world—other people with hopes and dreams and with a desire to listen to music, too—I have to really think about what affect my listening habits has on them,” he says. “Let’s say some guy is just sitting in his car at a stoplight trying to listen to classical music, like Beethoven or something, And I pull up next to him with my music blaring and my car shaking. Is that a good thing to do to that poor man? Of course not. That’s wrong. It’s inconsiderate. Now that I know other people live in the world, I have to be sensitive to their needs too, and I intend to do that. And its all because that guy told me other people live in the world. I need to thank him if I ever see him again.”

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