From the viewpoint of an average American, the average French person is most assuredly deprived, if not absolutely hopeless. Unable to take a Hummer to the market for a loaf of sliced white bread that won’t even grow mold, the poor French soul will be forced to walk down the street a bit for a freshly baked baguette. Worse yet, if you want a cafe au lait in Paris you’re not going to be able to drive through and get one, even if you could get your Hummer down the street. You’ll just have to sit outside at one of those lovely sidewalk cafes and sip your coffee, talk with those around you, and maybe then go for a walk along the Seine. Now you can see how life is quickly getting worse for these poor deprived French folks. Since they aren’t workaholics like Americans, they’re going to have more time to do more walking for baguettes, coffee, fruit, wine, etc. Worse yet, all that walking around is going to result in slimming them down, cleaning the air, and generally giving them a longer life expectancy. Mon Dieu!!!
Gary, it’s worse than you think. For example, in many of the most famous Parisian clubs, even the more expensive ones, the dancing girls apparently don’t even get paid enough to afford tops. And, one of their tallest and most respected buildings doesn’t even have siding or air conditioning. Indeed, you can see right through it! Not only that, but the Gates of Hell themselves are right in Paris.
All of those things, yet I can’t wait to get back.
Perhaps change is in the offing as a “forced-choice”.
Endless economic growth is the shibboleth of the rich and powerful in our time. But the days of reckless domination of the Earth and its environs may be numbered, it would appear, because the idolatry, the magical thinking, the wishes and the selfish intentions that have driven endlessly expanding large-scale corporate activity and insatiable wealth accumulation could be about to run their course. The plans of the economic powerbrokers and their bought-and-paid-for politicians for ‘manufacturing’ “bubbles” and big-business boom times could lead the family of humanity to be threatened by the inadvertent loss of life as we know it and the unintentional destruction of the Earth as a fit place for human habitation by our children and coming generations.
Well on the upside for us US citizens the trends are starting to move in the opposite direction. While I don’t see everyone giving up their H2s anytime soon more and more people are using mass transit, biking, or walking.