Sunday, February 28, 2010

Unconventional Arguments Against Driving

This video is rated R for "real". "There are no small mistakes when you take control of a vehicle."

If you've been reading this or similar stuff, or have cared to think about it, it's pretty easy to come up with several arguments against driving. For example, it's bad for the environment, it's expensive, it denies you chances to exercise, etc. But there are some arguments which we don't hear as often. I'll share two with you now.

#1 - If you drive you could kill someone and you don't want that on your conscience. We all know this is true, but perhaps we don't like to think about it. You could be driving along, and despite your best efforts, run over a child, or steer your car into a collision which kills the passengers of your car. Assuming you survived, you would have to live with the remorse for the rest of your life. Think about how that would poison your spirit, and infuse every waking moment with a tragic bitterness. It's very unlikely that you'll kill anyone walking or riding a bicycle. On transit someone else is driving, so it's not really on you.

#2 - Since driving is so expensive, you can't spend as much money solving the world's problems. Did you know that about one billion people in the world today don't have enough to eat? A tank of gas costs about $30-$45. That's enough money to buy at least one 20 pound bag of rice and send it to some starving villagers anywhere in the world (which includes, I admit, buying gas for the vehicle that does the delivery). Your tank of gas, literally, could have saved someone's life. Maybe multiple lives. Add in the other costs of driving, and the human opportunity cost of your driving is truly staggering. Granted, you could say this about almost any money you spend, but since driving is so expensive, I think it's apt.

I know this is hard-hitting stuff. But the reality is hard, and I want you to think hard about it. Feel free to hit back in the comments section.

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