Written By: Anthony A. Wadsworth
“Speed, efficiency, and quantity,” should be the motto of our generation, and microwave generation would be an apt title . Faster cars, phones, internet, etc., are released more and more rapidly each year. More recently, scientists and researches have begun emphasizing , “green,” or environmentally cleaner forms of energy. With the release of hybrid cars such as the Prius, and now the entirely electric cars, it is obvious these changes are made for one main reason: to reduce environmental pollutant emissions. The energy used to power those electric cars still remains an issue. Coal factories, and nuclear power plants are methods of obtaining and distributing energy to the public. Those pollutants remain an issue, and will only increase in time, ultimately compounding our problems. What is greener than a blade of grass, or a horse? It is possible that nature has had it figured out for us already. Horses (though not entirely practical for our modern times) are, and have always been the greenest form of transportation.
The speed at which the average American caries about their daily lives seems to only be increasing. It is also true that with more speed, there is a marked increase to the level of risk. Several cars driving at 30 mph are far less prone to incidents than say, the Nascar stock cars racing in the Daytona 500. Newtons law of gravity gives us a loosely generalized understanding of the repercussions of such actions. He states that, “what goes up, must eventually come down.” A pendulum moves in a direction after a certain amount of force has been applied, and will ultimately swing back. This could be tied in with our innovations of planes, trains, cars etc., and their reaction of mortalities involved with plane crashes and car accidents to name the most prominent. Ask yourself, have you ever heard of a ten horse pile up on I-65? It may be funny, but in fact horses have their own safety systems. Did you know that if a few people were to lay down on the ground, and a horse ran full tilt towards them, will come to a complete stop all on its own? No known vehicle has that level of intuitive response.
Texting has become a major form of communication today. It allows people to send quick messages to friends and loved ones with nominal effort. Yet another method of increasing the efficiency of our lives. As with everything else, there is a time and a place for such things. Our species appears to be fond of the concept of multitasking. Who isn’t? Certain things simply don’t mix: oil and water, aluminum foil in a microwave, and of course texting and driving. Accidents due to texting and driving and warnings against it have begun to appear all over. Including this video from the Ad Council:
Texting and driving wouldn’t be a problem if it was texting and horseback riding. For several reasons: horses do not willingly run into cement walls as a car would; texting while atop a horse is next to impossible; and a horse would not run over someone.
There are many different types of cars, as there are horses. Cars have different body types such as the two door coups, pickup trucks, vans, and so on. Every vehicle has a given purpose and/ or advantage depending on its type. A van is used to move many people, but doesn’t have the ability to tow heavy objects such as a truck. Horses on the other hand are (for the most part) uniform in their abilities. They’re used to move heavy objects and transport people. Most cars require a flat road with little to no rocks and debris. Horses will easily step through different obstacles such as these.
Over time, mankind has found ways to adapt to their surroundings and even try improving on them. Transportation has become streamlined, faster, and just all around better. All of this comes with a cost. Pollutants, massive incidents and numerous mortalities, restrictions to the terrain, are the prices we pay for our speed. It’s as the saying goes, “Sometimes, less is more.” Perhaps it is time to pull on the reins, before the prices we pay become too costly.