Comment 10057

By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted August 02, 2007 at 13:53:51

Here's the crux of the argument:

"I resent them more, to the extent that their capacity to cause harm through their recklessness is far greater with a larger, heavier, and more powerful vehicle."

I resent them too, but our resentment is neither here nor there, it is no more or less valid than the resentment of cyclists by the car-addicted.

But the key is the capacity to cause harm, and the difference between cycles and cars is massive.

Not only that, who is the recipient of the harm? With a bike, it is by far the rider. With a car, it is everyone else on foot or bike indiscriminantly - but only minimally the driver.

Cars are the perfect tool for cultural sociopathy, the collective (and now accepted!) lack of responsibility for the consequences of our personal actions. "It wasn't me".

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