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  •  The title is silly, but.... (4.00)
    Okay....his title isn't perfect.  But I must admit the absurdity of that cause and effect relationship got me to read his diary.  

    I think it is fair to say the car culture has contributed to isolationist tendencies that are growing in the US and apprently elsewhere.  The 'me me me' mentality does get magnified once a person gets in their car and drives. I do feel we need to go back to building community and cooperation in order to deal with the growing economic and social probems in the US and in the world.

    •  I agree (4.00)
      that aspects of our current culture have horrible outcomes on community building, the environment, and our outlook on the world.

      I would maybe even cede that if no one had cars, we would be more dependent on one another.

      I just think that cars are mostly a technology that facilitates some people's behavior, but that the reason for the behavior hardly falls on cars.  

      Plenty of other technologies like flying, computers, telephones, the wheel, etc. also facilitate isolationism.

      Our current economy allows us to buy everything we need at supermarket or discount store from people who we don't know, and the products are made by people far away who we will never meet.

      People like to bash on cars because they harm the environment cause congestion, and some people have the luxury not to use them.

      I won't argue against the need for infrastructure change, but to attribute so much significance to the car . . . .

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