Update September 1st: as a lifelong F1 fan, I felt very saddened by the passing of F2 Racer Anthoine Hubert. I also feel very strongly for France, whom lost another rising star and has been through so very much in the past few years. Let’s use this moment to remember that Jules Bianchi, who perished from his wounds suffered at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2014 in the summer of 2015, was also French: I send all of my best to the French motorsport community.
“When you’re driving at 3.14 whatever-a-howeverlong, you’re going at pi-speed.”
When it comes to life-saving work then the contribution to every life saved comes obviously from a broad range of industries. I’d like to focus our interest on cars.
Cars: they come in many shapes and sizes. They’ve grown and shrunk and transformed into lorries and ambulances. I sometimes like to capitalise (and capitalise upon) Cars, as it just is not so that I do not have an emotional connection with them. My 2001 Opel Astra coupé, my most prized possession (also known as the Batmobile), is an object that I have literal emotions for. I’m looking forward to continuing to pimp it out once the excess cash allows for it. The thing about the 2001 Astra is that it has a very sturdy chassis, making it a tight drive, and a very recognisable, mildly boxy (but alas, spacious) body shape that, for me at least, sets it apart from other choices in the age- and price-range (hence I own it): this makes it a challenge to modify, since I don’t want to go too far into breaking the mold of the original.
Cars save lives. Literally. Every day, cars literally allow people to live modern lives: modern lives are built on cars. How do you transport a family across schools, hobbies, commerces, friends & relatives without a car?
You simply don’t. Without the car, the potential for that will be lost, at least until we all live in pristine ultra-high quality Cities (mm mega-emotion) where cars are sidelined.
But we don’t have that today, do we?
So cars are. They simply must be, as we have built our entire societal structure around their being. Thankfully so, for I believe in mobility (mass and singular). Unilocality is simply not an option. Thank God for cars.
Having a car quite objectively shows how having the money to have one in the first place is what allows you to accelerate: if you can drive through your days, especially as a parent, you’ll be getting more done, since you’ll be moving faster. Nothing shows social inequality better than cars. How price elastic is your behaviour at the pump? The price of oil doesn’t matter if you’re loaded: the market isn’t slowing you down, whilst it is doing so to others. Then again, if you’re loaded, you’re probably in a position of power so as to be able to help the others, so you’d want to be able to keep going, and everyone else should want that too, as long as you’re doing the helping.
I so lovingly look at this moment and forward to the future ones where we continue to have each other. In beauty and in stench, allow us to be. Of course, it is important to have the right, sustainable energy mix to keep us going: a mixture of renewable-combustible fuels and nuclear et al-powered electricity shall most definitely do the trick.
© 2019 Jens J. Sørensen