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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Of cars and why we love 'em

What are cars? There are many definitions of that word, but the purposes of this discussion, a car is basically an automobile(look at the noun). That's too long of a word, however, and so from now on I'll just call it a 'car'. But what is it, what does it do, and what does it give us?

At its simplest, a car provides transportation for passengers and driver for a variety of reasons, be they work, life management or pure recreation and entertainment. For all these reasons, cars give us power. True, they're costly to operate and they emit fumes we would much rather do without. However, all power costs something.

So, why do we love our cars, and why we fight tooth and nail to keep them? It all comes down to two things: power and simlicity. Power I talked about above, but what about simplicity?

The ability to go on the road at any time, and to go anywhere there are roads, that's simplicity. Even those who don't keep cars recognize the simplicity they give us; that's why they're always asking for rides. Even if they're splitting the cost of fuel, they're basically trying to get a free ride. Why? Because they recognize the simplicity they afford, but are unwilling to pay for on their own. They could get on a bus, train or plane, but they'd much rather bum a ride with you because of the simplicity of personal timetables.

So, the next time somebody tells you to ditch your car and take public transit, tell them to go to hell. Unless, of course, it happens to be simpler to take public transit rather than drive. It's all a question of simplicity.

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