There was much talk last week about new CAFE fuel economy standards with adjustments for trucks, mandating different mileage levels for various vehicles. Some complained they were too restrictive, others said they didn’t do enough and reactions were predictable depending on the source. With Hurricane Katrina shutting down oil rigs in the Gulf, gas prices will rise along with predictions of doom and demands for more regulation. Regulation advocates don’t quite understand that free choice in these matters is far more effective in dealing with changing conditions. The regulators like free choice too, as long as it agrees with their choice, and if not, pass a law.
Each of us can mandate our own fuel economy standards and buy only those vehicles that conform. If you are convinced the world hangs in the balance, look at all of the other things that will be affected and make more choices according to your insights.
Direct choices answer the mix of needs and desires we each have and no one else needs to be convinced we are right, we just decide and act. We can then move on to the other choices in our life. If everyone concentrated on dealing with their own biggest issues one by one, we would each have fewer problems and generally be far happier. Deciding to devote your time and effort to the impossible goal of changing everyone else to your way of thinking is one of the most frustrating and energy draining tasks imaginable. The only sure way to get everyone else to conform, unfortunately, is violence because you will never convince everyone you’re right. Not only that, I know it’s hard to believe, but any one of us (that includes you and me) might be wrong.
Here at The Kneeslider, motorcycles and motor vehicles in general, are high on our list of things we think about and we choose accordingly. We think about far bigger issues, too, but the choices we make affect us and we wouldn’t dream of thinking everyone else should agree. So, relax, lighten up a bit, and enjoy life.