Cars and Consciousness


This weirdness we call life, this strangeness we call existence, this eeriness we call consciousness is, if nothing else, frolicsome compared to the alternatives: lifelessness, nonexistence, and unconsciousness. Depression, pain, hunger, hurt, despair, and the like are all just manifestations of better times of yore or yet to be. Thus, it can be said that when one is in a state of want, he should be ecstatic, for the realization that one is in want is certainly better than not being able to realize at all. Why is it that automobiles are built with more powerful motors than are necessary, according to the legal speed limits, to drive? Why is it that man is born with more powerful consciousnesses than are necessary, according to the struggles of life, to survive?


May 7, 1989


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