Hello David, Kai et al.,
You are all good people that I have enjoyed knowing
some of you for some time now. It is of great value to me
to be able to talk about controversial subjects and maintain
the respect seldom found on e-mail lists. Thank you.
A comment or two below.
David said, tongue in cheek, replying to Kai,
> Kai M. Radicke SEZ -
> > Now who is still awake?
I know that his is far from MG related stuff but it will
burn out shortly -- and it is MG people chatting. Remember,
it all started with a question about our hobby going into
decline. As long as gasoline powered personal vehicles
are in existance, there will be a core of enthusiests who
tinker with them, preserve them and respect the part they
have played in our recent history.
My new 'toy' right now, is a 1930 Chevrolet Universal
Sedan. It can be seen setting next to the other 'toy' in
this picture: http://www.stoolhead.com/27July02-8.jpg
It is certainly a piece of history. This car was built in the
heart of the Great Depression for an American family.
It has few real frills but enough creature-comforts to make
the new owner feel a little better about the state of the
nation. It has pull-down shades in teh back and silk
pulls at the door to assist the rear seat passengers with
entry. It also has a foot rail and a combination hand
bar that doubles as a lap blamket storage. That is
important as the car has no heater.
> I am. Good analysis. Except, I would delete "greed and laziness"
> and replace it with "free people persuing their enlightened self
In my view, you two are saying the same thing. Kai's
comment, "greed and laziness" is more primal. David's is
one of the more enlightened view. Both are correct as they
are two levels of the same force. Humans evolved and
survived, at least for the time being, because we are smart,
devious, cunning and greedy. Those are the 'qualities' that
enable most species to survive. Greed is the underlying force
that drives all life. Civilization, stated in David's terms, "free
people persuing their enlightened self interest" is the
embodyment of civilization and it is the part that intelect plays
in balancing the pressures of greed. Then again, if one doesn't
believe in evolution and <greed powered> natural selection
but rather chooses instead to believe that we are all here
under some great master plan, then all reasoning and trying to
understand life is meaningless.
Sure wish I had an MGA to play with.
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