"It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from WEAPONRY to LIVINGRY."
- Buckminster Fuller (h/t Suzy Waldman)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Walking Considered Weird

A readable article, flickering somewhere between respectful and mildly condescending, about a journalism professor appears in the Austin Statesman, focusing largely on the man's refusal to own a car. Living without a car, in Texas, constitutes news. One of the reader comments reads
"In the classroom we heard about his unique way of life. I guess I thought it was weird at the time, but consistently living according to one's own standards and convictions is something to be admired. Plus I bet his health care bills are next to nothing!"
On this score, This small city in Russia is very weird.

1 comment:

James Annan said...

To be fair, I think for a university (assoc) prof to be picking his shoes out of the trash is reasonably considered somewhat eccentric. I agree with you that the strong focus on him not having a car is a bit odd. Something like 30% of households in the UK don't have a car (as high as 60% in urban areas). Of course I'm sure figures for the USA are lower, but even so it can hardly be unheard-of.

As for walking 3 1/2 miles - a bicycle would surely be more sensible :-)