One of my son’s favourite movie is Pixar’s Cars. He can watch it again and again and again…
There is this scene where Sally, the Porche, Lighting McQueen’s love interest, pointed out Radiator Springs got bypassed when the Interstate highway was build. “just to save ten minutes of driving.” And before the Interstate was build, the road was build into the land, not the other way around
Of course the way the movie portray the matter was that the small town get’s sidelined when the Interstate was build. Many more people benefited from the Interstate so much so that a small town being sidelines is negligible. BUT, that small town called Radiator Springs has ‘Doc Hudson’, a 3 times Piston Cup Champion, who helped Lighting Mcqueen becomes a better champion, a better character. McQueen would surely missed the town, has he used the Interstate like the many countless of cars does.
Look at the way we live our lives, how many of our daily habits, like Radiator Springs has been replaced by the Interstate Highway, a.k.a Technology? Just for a mere sake of convenience? So we have used and abused technology, and we hide our character behind the faceless technology, so that we can ‘get there’ faster. Our habits are us, and if we keep replacing it with Interstates, its no wonder we’ve all become so ‘shallow’, we’ve all become ’10 minute people’, beyond that, we capitulate into intellectual ineptness.
So we have to be very careful as to which road to use as we often do not enjoy Lightning McQueen’s weird turn of events that landed him in Radiator Springs, so we have to rely on our innate curiosity, and be curious about our lives. Curious about the roads that we take, the roads that takes us where we want to go. We also can simply, dumbly, mindlessly follow the Interstate highway, and missed the greatest discovery of our lives, just to save 10 minutes.