|Gimme fuel gimme mass gimme speed gimme space|
Physics: speed, mass, momentum, the largest, fastest-moving object is King of the Hill, yes? Newton's laws. One rock hurtling through the vastness of space, smashing into another rock randomly. The inexorable action of gravity, bending the fabric of space-time coalescing all that is, was, or ever will be. A planet gliding before the face of the sun every century or so. The Second Law of Thermodynamics. Heat death. A multi-billion year slide into ultimate silence and darkness. Horsepower, without the horse.
Greed: aggression, anger, base human motivations, the mindless hunger for more at any cost, deception, dishonor, deceit. All thoughts directed only three seconds or less ahead in the future, distracted by shiny, jangly baubles. Cut off the other guy, arrive first, tailgate, wail on horn, swerve violently, rev engine, flip off, get through the light, got places to go and things to do. Ascribe to other drivers only this: that they are operating according to base and common motivations related to greed.
Consider the bicycle commuter, riding in traffic, in Phoenix, at rush hour, in summer. Observed behavior: smiling, waving, following the rules, being courteous. Whistling. Tell me that there's more to it than physics and greed. Just tell me.
|Photons. Property values. Oṃ śānti śānti śānti.|