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Ride a bike

Posted: January 24, 2009 10:15 p.m.
Updated: January 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Where in the world did I, and most Americans, acquire our overwhelming sense of entitlement to the Earth's natural resources?

More importantly, where has this disregard for anything not immediately conducive to our comfort and satisfaction gotten us?

The world's most affluent nation drives some of the most fuel-inefficient vehicles on the planet. Not only do we continue to support the companies that spew out these insults to the atmosphere, but we insist on driving them anywhere and everywhere.

In a nation plagued with obesity and economic turmoil, by walking and biking instead of driving, we could kill two birds with one stone because the recent dip in gas prices is, like gas itself, unsustainable.

Were I overweight and hard-hit by the economic downfall (a typical American), logically I would see the benefit in using my body for one of its inherently intended purposes: transportation.

I would marvel at the excellent deal I was giving myself - much-needed exercise, saved gas money, saved time I would have taken to drive to the gym - and wonder in awe at the poor people whose bottoms continue to grow as they drive their dirty vehicles places they could easily reach by foot or bike.

Unfortunately, Americans seem to have lost both their capability for self-propelled transportation and their sense of logic. Maybe it's just too obvious, maybe we're too lazy, maybe no one cares.

If it is in fact the last case, I urge you, slay your apathy, get off your butt, stop wasting your money and resources, and do something!

We didn't begin as a nation of slackers. What a tragedy it would be if lethargy became our lasting legacy.

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