Obviously, cars were the worst. We’ve known that for a long time. People got sick of having to drive around, wherever they felt like going. People realized that they are much happier going on foot. They were exciting at first. But they got old, fast. They won’t be missed.
‘Imagine the days when we thought we had to get into this metal box, and sit there, listening to ads on the radio, stuck in traffic and getting in a bad mood,‘ explains GM CEO Mary Barra ‘It’s odd to think about. I can’t really remember what the appeal was.’
It was an odd blip in history, to be sure. It was a brief moment when when we’ve given up on health, community, beauty, safety, all in favor of trying to go long distances, alone, in a hurry. Temporary insanity? We’re not sure. Fortunately, those days are behind us.
‘It was like we were always in a rush,’ continues Barra. ‘You always had to go somewhere, fast. And then something would always go wrong. Traffic, whatever. It was very stressful. I don’t really miss those days at all. And we built all these cities to promote that lifestyle. Crazy! It was like being trapped in a cage. It feels so good to be free!’
‘When I took over as head of GM, I had a vision that we could create a world with Zero Automobile deaths, Zero Emissions, and Zero congestion, so we could get back our most valuable resources, life, health and time. This is a huge step in that direction!’
General Motors leads the way into motoring-free future
“Nowadays GM looks at the hard reality, says we’ve got a demand problem on cars, what are we going to do about it. We have to shut some facilities and move production to truck plants,” Lutz said on CNBC’s “Halftime Report.” “So I think what we are seeing is a fast-acting and reality-oriented GM management.”
But people still want their jobs, making cars that nobody wants. They are fighting tooth-and-nail to keep them. Unfortunately, this isn’t how it works. Either GM will have to come up with something else for these people to make. Or these folks will have to find other jobs. Or they can sit at home and binge Netflix and post things on Instagram and get likes while they send robots out to make money for them, or the cheques just roll in because that will be freaking sweet!
Once there are no jobs, we’ll have nowhere to go. Then we won’t need cars. It’s a bit of a catch 22. Does everybody win? Or does everybody lose?
(Hint: They win.)