Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Mechanical Expression of Humanity

Chanced upon this brief but superbly-written article from

This articles describes accurately and not too voluminously, what our car means to us.


They're big, expensive, and breath-taking marvels of engineering, but to view automobiles purely as transportation is to miss their essence. Cars are the first true freedom of the adolescent, and throughout our adult years they continue to represent escape, the ability to speed away from responsibilities and cares. It's no wonder Detroit constantly plays upon this theme in its advertising — they know it sells!

Automobiles are both a means of getting from one place to another and a place in themselves, making them both conveyance and cocoon. We sing along to the radio in them, something we'd likely not dare to do at home. Our first passionate encounters take place in them. And when all other resting places fail us, we sleep in them. Automobiles are as much about private inviolate space as they are about transportation.

The importance of automobiles in our lives secures their place in the lore of our times. They are both practical and whimsical, reliable and frightening, mundane and exciting, necessary and exotic, commonplace and mysterious. They are, in other words, the mechanical expression of humanity.


Blogger HappySurfer said...

Yes, a good summation of what cars really mean to us. Thanks for sharing it.

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 4:16:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To HS: I'm glad you appreciate it too :)

Monday, August 17, 2009 at 10:51:00 AM GMT+8  
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