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Thursday, August 17, 2006

travel

every now and then i wonder about the whole "travel" thing. not the seeing new places part, but the unnaturaleness of the methods we use to transport ourselves there. there's an inherent grace and beauty in walking and running, and even in simple machines like bikes and boats, that seems to be missing from the more modern transport machines.

when you think about it, how dangerous are cars? sitting in a steel and glass box, traveling at 100 kph, on a smooth surface, while trying to stay between some painted lines on the road, while cars head towards you in the opposite direction centimetres away. so much of this system seems on be based on trust and pure belief. if someone proposed the concept today, it would probably be thought of as too unsafe to use.

and aeroplanes/airplanes (sp?) what's up with them. most inhuman way to travel ever. what would the world be like if everyone walked from place to place, and communicated via technology? would everything still work? if oil goes up in price much more, it may cost too much to travel overseas, and ordinary people won't be able to afford it. how would that affect our minds?

2 Comments:

Blogger Britt said...

"there's an inherent grace and beauty in walking and running"

Have you not seen the indignity that is the ungainly runner. The person which all movement beyond walking looks un natural?
Legs flailing, knees knocking, a windmill of gangly limbs!

Chinook Helicopters, they look about as flight worthy as a jumbo, too stupid for aerodynamics.

5:35 PM, August 19, 2006  
Blogger laim85 said...

that's because they need to practice more.

besides, beauty's in the eye of the beholder

2:55 AM, August 20, 2006  

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