No one would have planned this: "Hey, I know! Let's set up a city in such a way that most people have to spend an hour or more every day navigating a river of cars
But here we are. That's the free market unfettered by planning for the common good.
And then we become hypnotized.
Perhaps we were shocked once. Perhaps there was a moment in one of those seemingly spontaneous, utterly inexplicable gridlocks when one might normally say "This Sucks" and instead we say, "Wait a minute! This is insane. Really, truly a world gone mad."
But we get over it. We forget it. We push it away, and collaborate in re-hypnotizing ourselves.
You'd have to be some kind of laughing Buddha to not repress or despair.
Further: It's easy to fall into the 'logic' of competition and join in the race when people are rushing past you to the next red light. And something one does as much as most people drive around here affects the way one thinks, the way one perceives other aspects of life. So we rush through everything and slow down only when we have to.
Labels: cars, commuting, stupid capitalism