Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Car

Like it or not, at this point in human existence we get around primarily by means of cars. And cars, admittedly, are not the best things on the environment, or even on our own short-term enjoyment of life. I’m not a big fan of smog, and poison in my water, air or land. However, we need cars to get to work, go to meetings, get groceries, take girls on dates and generally to put emphasis on something other than getting from place A to place B. Car enthusiasts will espouse how their automobile is an extension of them and in turn a symbol of their personal belief in individuality and freedom of expression. There’s nothing wrong with putting value on an artefact, per se, in fact that is a large part of our job, but when an artefact is damaging to the short and long-term enjoyment of life for oneself and others – then something needs to be done. For the next week or so, I am going to focus on what can be done about our beloved automobile to make it better. Tomorrow we will start with tires.

In the meantime, here is a charming look into the machines we hate to love Ode to the car


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