WHY Would You Choose To Drive…

… when this is right there?

Most people live within a 25 minute ride of where they work. Yet even on days like this, they believe the big lie that they *have* to drive.

Maybe it’s a trick of the glass they have to look through to see the world outside. Or maybe they’ve just spent too much time watching TV ads, which nowadays always seem to feature the car overtaking suitably Lycra-suited pervert cyclists.

Or maybe it’s that they’re on the treadmill of modern life and don’t realise that there are better things to do with their time than sit in a metal box getting fat.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

– Leisure, by William Henry Davies.

I remember when I was at school. We were promised a future of synthetic jump-suits, automatic doors, communicator devices, and lots of leisure time as the nature of work changed.

It’s all here, but only if you’re willing to get off the treadmill. Though those jump-suits really would be a mistake.

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One comment on “WHY Would You Choose To Drive…
  1. I know people here who drive 3km to go out for the evening, and spend most of the time complaining about fuel prices.

    I don’t get it either.

    Mind you, I did see one lad today getting quite annoyed about the sunlight -he couldn’t see the app on his Smartphone…

    Sad but true.

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