Why Cars are Silly:
- They're given too much value. I'm not talking about the thousands of dollars they cost, I'm talking about the thousands of prestige points people are given for driving this car or that. People often judge others based on what they drive, or covet others because of what they drive. Toys, movies and TV series are fashioned around cars. The practical transportation value of the automobile is overshadowed by the image a given car projects. This is silly.
- They hurt the environment. The use a non-renewable resource to get around (and lots of it!) and spout bad stuff into the air. In my lifetime, fuel economy has not improved. Technology has, and there's a lot of smart people out there. You'd think someone could figure something out. Even with those big pickups with big wheels and thick truck bed liners - there's got to be a way to get more than 7 MPG. This is silly.
- When obesity is an epidemic in the US, there are more cars on the road than ever. Cities aren't walkable, and at least in this Midwest city, there's not good public transportation- which at least forces people to walk to and from a bus stop. This is silly.
And I haven't even touched on the silliness of the antisocial-ness of cars and garages, or commuting alone, as relates to community. We'll save that for later.
Maybe someday I won't have a car. We'll see. For now, I'm extra-silly, because we have 2 cars, and only one person who drives more than once a week. This will change someday, I know. I'm enjoying my almost-car-free existence for now.