I’ve long believed that the 4-way stop is proof that we as humans are capable of being rational, patient and friendly. Especially when the intersection in question is actually a malfunctioning stoplight that defaults to red. Everyone knows what to do, everyone is vigilant, patient and seemingly nice.
Then, the other day I was out driving and came across a malfunctioning stoplight and all hell broke loose. No one was moving, and when they did move, they all moved at once from all directions. People were visibly frustrated and I wouldn’t doubt if some of the weaker drivers just sat there and cried.
If the 4-way stop can’t work in this society anymore, we’re screwed.