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Thought for the day

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by gambatte, 21 Nov 2007.

  1. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    One of the nice things about cycling in to work and back is the hour each way when (when not having to be 100% concentrated on the road) your mind can drift. Sometimes it can actually be pretty productive. Not surprising then that on a bike, those ideas are sometimes about bikes.I had one of those ‘moments’ today. Not a new idea, just a way of looking at something. I couldn’t remember being put forward before, I could be wrong.Its that old argument about car/cycle argument about rights to be on the road. It always seem to be cyclists shouldn’t be allowed…etc. etc.What I can’t remember being put forward is that ‘cyclists’ (as a minority) aren’t allowed on the road. Rather - every single person in the UK, male-, female, adult, child has the right to be on the road using a bike. People don’t have the automatic right to use cars on the road unless they pay additionally for the privilege (not for the road upkeep)

    The argument usually put across, creates a majority group of drivers, and a minority group of ‘cyclists’. Which is used as reinforcement for the usual badly thought out driver rants.

    Whereas the right to cycle on the road is EVERYBODYS. Which from a conceptual point of view reverses the situation.
     
  2. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Yes, it's already been pointed out that pedestrians, horseriders, cyclists, people in horse-drawn buggies and so on have an automatic right to the roads. All motorised forms of transport require a conditional license and an entry tax.
     
  3. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Can't disagree with any of that, Gambatte...but, when do you start to make your biblical analogy? ;-)
     
  4. OP
    OP
    gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Could try that, but it wouldn’t be from any of the Abrahamic religions. :blush:

    Its great when the ‘Jovvies’ come door knocking. “Who do you want to try converting first, the lapsed Catholic who’s now a Buddhist or the Wiccan?”:smile::evil::smile:

    In the end tho’ I guess I’d have to quote Bill and Ted
    “Be Excellent!”
     
  5. CotterPin

    CotterPin Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    I am afraid I don't have such profound thoughts. In the morning it is usually about work; on the way home it is about what I am going to have for dinner!
     
  6. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    We had some Jovvies recently. I told them that I considered Christianity to be a Middle Eastern cult obsessed with violent death and with few answers to help us to live in the modern world, and that as religion that is based on a beginning and an end, is completely at odds with the cyclical nature of human life and so conceptually flawed.

    I invited them to study Buddhism as an example of a moral philosophy that could help us to make sense of the nature of our experience and lives.

    I don't think I got through to them.
     
  7. OP
    OP
    gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    The difference being a little pedantic. In that horseriders, cyclists, etc are all still minority groups.

    Its not that cyclists have a right to be on the road. Its that everyone has the right to be on the road on a cycle.
     
  8. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Everyone is a pedestrian at some point of the day. However, I see your distinction.

    Now, what about this religion thing then?
     
  9. OP
    OP
    gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Dangerous thing, brought up a catholic with a Monsignor uncle and a 'Penguin' aunt. Catholic Primary and Comp Schools.

    Perfect breeding ground for Atheists and Agnostics!:blush::biggrin:

    Reckon I'm settling into Buddhism, no 'god' is an bonus.

    So Buddhist 'thought for the day':

    'What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.'


    Buddhist humour:


    A Zen student gets his hotdog and hands the vendor a £20 note. The vendor sticks the £20 in the cash drawer and just stands there. The student asks "Hey, where's my change?" The vendor looks at the student and says, "Change comes from within."


    IGMC:wacko: