You know, having conversations with teenagers can be a little annoying sometimes. One of mine (and I’ve heard others) keeps responding to my answers with “Why”. While this gets my blood circulating a little too fast in some contexts, getting to the simplest form of the answer often has validity. John G. Miller actually wrote a book called QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability in Work and in Life.
Circling back to the car, why do I have three of these financially draining machines if I don’t need one? The answer is simple, automobiles are a means to a necessary end for my family. We go to work, we play, we go to college, high school, and the associated extracurricular activities. Transportation is necessary for the way we conduct our daily lives. Transportation in middle America requires a car.
I often think about how it could be different and better. In major cities, and in a lot of the world, public transportation is king. In my part of the world, we’ve been spoiled with personal transportation and our public transportation has failed to develop. It is largely a timing issue and a product of prosperity. It is also a financial burden.
One thought the keeps coming up is how Uber has streamlined the process of ride sharing. My hope is that technology brings public transportation to rural America in a different way. For a moment, consider the Uber app combined with driverless cars. That combination would basically allow society to use cars much more efficiently. The need to purchase a personal vehicle would simply be an exercise of financial viability (and possibly an exercise of assessing a factor of convenience).
The concepts that I am passionate about here focus on efficient living. These types of changes could allow society to have fewer cars and allow us to exist more efficiently. This would be a cost-effective change and is environmentally appealing. This is the type of out of box thinking that I believe will eventually allow us to refocus our efforts and live life more efficiently.
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