Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The car

It is only when you send your car for service that you will realize how indispensable the car is. It is like going on a fast; suddenly life takes on a strange perspective without the use of a car. This is intolerable, your inner self probably tells you. You want to get out of the situation as soon as possible. Once you are back on the road again, literally speaking, you'll quickly forget the inconvenience you have just endured. You'll happily go back to your life, reassured that your car will be at your disposal at all times once more.

Everyone's life revolves around the car as soon as he is qualified to drive. Without the car, one cannot go to work, socialize with friends, or simply shop for necessities. We have all become accustomed to a car-dependent lifestyle.

How has humanity managed to become so dependent on the car? I think it is a matter of conscious choice. Until recent years, China has been largely a nation of bicycles. This proves that bicycles are a viable alternative to cars as the primary means of transport. One day I am going to make the switch away from the car. The car is still a necessity at times, but when I can help it (target: 90% of the time), you will see me on a motorized bicycle or a motorcycle. That's a promise. And if I can spur another person to do the same, that's much more than what Julia Gillard has done for the environment.

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