Cars are beautiful
There are a lot of nice cars out there. Usually, we call them classic cars. On the other hand, many people complain that cars look more and more the same and, therefore, have become boring to look at – especially SUVs (and pickup trucks).
conclusion: all things considered, cars and their built environments (eg roads, parking lots) are boring and increasingly ugly.
Cars are great for nature lovers
People in car commercials are always the happiest people on Earth. They are always driving on winding, lonely roads or through wild nature. But they are undermining the very thing that makes the commercial work so well. Motorized traffic is responsible for over 50% of Redwood City’s carbon emissions, and according to the RWC, that number will be 75% in just a few years with little or no solutions in their plans.
conclusion: cars are terrible for the environment, even before dealing with noise pollution, air pollution and microplastics from tires.
Cars offer solitude and peace
There are almost never any car ads with other cars in the picture. Those commercials can pass through a lonely mall or over the empty Bay Bridge. Some look apocalyptic as the driver appears to be the last person on Earth. And these drivers enjoy it.
conclusion: it turns out that loneliness is not good for us. Longer and longer journeys can lead to sleep deprivation and depression.
Car rides are killing us
Slate says, “Long commutes cause obesity, neck pain, loneliness, divorce, stress and insomnia.” When you travel, you can listen to the radio or some podcasts. But what you are not doing is physical labor or healthy exercise. You are not with your loved ones or pets or experience social connection with the rest of the world.
conclusion: car manufacturers are increasingly trying to shut us off and isolate us from the world. And that’s not a good thing for people.
Cars are gold diggers
“Cars absorb more money than most people realize.Between the purchase price, gas and oil, basic maintenance and TLC, even a small car comes with a lifetime cost of $689,000. A person driving a larger car may have to spend over $1 million. Thirty to forty percent of those lifetime car costs are paid by society. And most parking spaces are only “free” for users, but expensive for the rest of us.
conclusion: Who says America has to NO become a socialist country? Cheap gas, lower gas taxes, freeways and cheaper parking. The US may be the most socialist country in the world.
Cars are spying on us
If our relationship with cars starts out looking like a very unhealthy and abusive one, it gets worse with all the data our vehicles now have about us. This data can help abusive partners track you down.
conclusion: Social networks make millions by selling your data to advertisers and AI companies. Car companies want in on this.
Why would we accept that kind of punishment from our cars?
Our love for cars is not a healthy relationship of love and respect. Something is seriously wrong and researchers have come up with some answers:
- The vehicle is another addiction.
- The machine behaves like a virus.
Cars are the new Tobacco
“Private cars cause significant health damage. Impacts include physical inactivity, obesity, death and injury from crashes, cardio-respiratory disease from air pollution, noise, community disconnection and climate change. The car lobby resists measures that would restrict car use, using tactics similar to the tobacco industry.“
The US is the only western country where pedestrian deaths are on the rise, and that’s no accident. To show you how deep the car lobby goes, I want to give you two small parts:
conclusion: The drivers of car organizations – who dislike pedestrians and seek speed – are responsible for the safety of America’s pedestrians. Whoever wins”EDUCATION“and”Application” on solid engineering solutions is perhaps working with or for the car lobby. There is no institution in America to do “Education” and cities are constantly cutting back on traffic enforcement, blaming – mostly untrue – budget issues. Police unions often oppose automated solutions that would improve efficiency.
The car is a virus
This is the opinion of Prof. Hermann Knoflacher (TU Vienna). He has a number of achievements and titles, apparently one of which is “United Nations Global Pedestrian Representative”. He also invented “standing furniture”. Because of people like him, Vienna is consistently in the top 10 city indexes for “quality of life”, “greenest city”, “best cycling city” and more. Prof. Knoflacher – a visionary – started calling the machine a virus long before the rest of us caught on to how harmful a virus can be to humanity.
It explains how humans got power, speed and freedom through the invention of cheap machines (the virus) and how that virus changed our brains and our way of thinking. And this virus eventually led to the destruction of our cities in the 1950s to 1970s.
conclusion: Since the 1970s, more and more smart cities with exceptional leadership have begun to fight the virus that reprogrammed their brains and thinking (Vienna, Amsterdam, Groningen, Ghent, Copenhagen, Oslo, Venice, Zermatt, Freiburg, Seville ,…)
The machine took advantage of our human weaknesses – our tendency for free emotions and addiction and our inability to avoid viruses. our “Health care providers“and/or”drug dealers” will do anything to keep the generation alive. Politicians – addicted themselves – will continue to switch public transport funding and bike grants for even more car projects. It required strong-willed, skilled leadership and strong laws to reduce smoking. This kind of smart, sensitive, health-oriented leadership has not been shown in the Bay Area. Other areas of North America have improved, while here, the virus is still at large.
Okay, if you got absolutely nothing out of this blog post, just remember that Formula 1’s Jean Todt is responsible for the safety of the pedestrians and cyclists of this world! Pedestrians in Formula 1 are usually called “crazy” and you send passengers after them.
Move over cynicism – Irony has won this round.
Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed in all blog posts are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Redwood City Pulse or its staff.