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Living in Tokyo is very convenient. My subway station is 3 minutes walking from my flat. I can take an escalator system directly from the street level to the platform level. There, at the station, are 4 different lines to 8 directions, the lines stretch to 30km / 50km far away in Tokyo$B!G(Bs suburbs. From another station, 6 minutes by walking, I can take 5 lines which lead to 10 directions. The trains would come within 5 minutes, often within 3 minutes.
I had my Xmas holidays in south Italy, Naples and its surroundings. There, as soon as you came out to streets, there were shops, stores and markets selling suites, shirts, hats, shoes, cosmetics, bread, vegetables, fish, meat, cheese, sweets and all the other imaginable goods. Most of the shops and stores were driven by private owners and their family members. $B!H(BWe$B!I(B customers and $B!H(Bthey$B!I(B the shop keepers were friends or getting to be quickly friends. Talking, chatting a lot. Shopping was an entertainment.
The cars are useful. Our life can$B!G(Bt function without cars. But do we have better higher quality life than the life before without cars? Today the length of our life is reaching nearly 80. Have the cars contributed to this prolongation? The car civilization started from USA where the fossil energy was cheap and considered unlimited. It did not take long time this new culture expanded over the world. So convenient were the cars. So as to supply more and cheaper cars for less rich people evolved the new economic religion, i.e. the mass production. Today, we all have same things, eat same things, and buy at same stores. Some of us think the food is horrible and leading unhealthy life. But some of us love this sort of life. The car culture has become gigantic and established a huge economic and political world. The politicians in the world being supported and threatened by the business world opened the competitions seeking for oil resources. It didn$B!G(Bt take long time the competitions took the form of the wars. The wars have continued, are continuing. Very recently it seems the technology has finally found out to drive cars without the fossil fuel. Can the car culture get rid of the notorious role as the war initiator?
The convenient life and the jolly life are not exactly same. There are common mechanisms and details but based on the totally different principle. If we do not carefully select our way of life, we would lose everything. Global warming is not a nightmare.