Hi reader, I appreciate all of the probably undeserved attention I get from you bearing with me through my nit-picking critiques of this and that daily modern phenomenon. I don’t know if any of it will be for naught, or not—perhaps I should stop writing and make the full plunge in to farming? Farming is my body’s passion, if not fully my brain’s passion (yet). I just feel compelled (copper personality and ocd are probably big influences) to mention and publicize these little ideas about how the world is not working in our favor, hoping that if in accumulation enough are identified we can really make the world a better place. I remind myself to focus on problems that are theoretically preventable, and not so far removed from human tangible power that they feel disempowering just to ponder. Anyways, thanks for reading these sort of ramblings too, which you have if you got this far down!
To make it worth your time, what I was originally going to post about actually was perhaps nit-picking, but I feel compelled to mention it:
Instinctively, I would think that the act of sitting down gives a self-reinforcing feedback loop sequence to the brain->body->brain->body, and so on, that it is time to safely relax and let one’s guard down. However: one of the generally most dangerous activities humans partake in is driving, which of course takes place while we are sitting down (I am not suggesting we should have standing cars! I am quite of the mind that cars—and trucks, and most other metallic objects that move at high speeds—should be uninvented). We probably let our guard down far too often when sitting and watching things of consequence, and too easily falling in to complacency when sitting and viewing things of little consequence, but to keep this to driving—I think we are in even greater danger (unjust danger) because of things that are outside of our immediate control; such things as the very shape of the car, but also of course that cars weigh many times more than our little bodies and they move much faster too, a deadly combination when the metal frame collides internally or externally with the human frame.
As far as uninventing this system, this probably seems too tall a task and against what I previously said. But to the contrary I think there is a (parking) lot we can all choose to get towards the ideal of a carless world. The car-road-fuel system, like any other, can be atrophied by lack of engagement through finding ways to limit and stop the use of it. Living more locally is a big part of the fix, and would fix a number of things including a great deal of the psychological woes by being simultaneously under and over connected (a topic for another post, if I can ever get to it) to wide geographies that we (some of us) presume mastery over while really only have cursory knowledge of.
¡Park the car and move yourself, instead of parking yourself in a moved car!
¡A carless world can finally return to be a little more of a careless world!