Personal TRANSPORTATION in our ERA
Cars increased our range of movement. They allowed us to cover greater distances in lesser time. They enabled our cities to expand and flourish. They became a symbol of freedom. Car ownership was something to aspire towards for what it represented. It created much of our modern transportation network that supports so much of our commerce, industry, and life.
But like all things, car ownership is a concept that has outlived its usefulness. Cars are a mode of transportation from one point to another. There is no intrinsic need for that movement from one point to another to require ownership of a vehicle. The future belongs to car sharing, peer-to-peer services, and autonomous pods. Car ownership is already becoming an anachronism.
When one truly thinks about how much time, space, and resources are wasted in maintaining our present system of car ownership, the mind boggles. The time, space, and resources freed up by removing the shackles of the past and incorporating new means of getting from one place to another will allow us to better direct our energies to creating a more vibrant and sustainable future.
“With a partnership that includes 15 nations and with 68 nations currently using the ISS (International Space Station) in one way or another, this unique orbiting laboratory is a clear demonstration of the benefits to humankind that can be achieved through peaceful global cooperation.”
— Charles Bolden & John Holdren
“In the history of humanity, there have been many languages, including French, that have served as universal languages: Latin, Chinese, Arabic, and more. Yet none of them ever ruled the world the way English does today…
English is becoming a universal language such as humans have never had before.”
— Minae Mizumura
“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our father did for us.’”
— John Ruskin
“And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
— John F. Kennedy