more than just the ability to drive

For someone interested in the impact of individualism (see here) in contemporary culture, the following quote stood out to me. It reveals an attitude behind something most of us take for granted and think very little about: the ability to drive.

“In modern society, getting a drivers’ license at age sixteen is a more significant rite of passage than being able to vote at age eighteen. After all, in many ways a young person’s life is far more practically changed by the ability to drive than the ability to vote. It represents the ability to direct one’s own path, to not rely on others for transportation”

(Albert Y. Hsu, “Spaced Out – The Impact of Commuter Culture” in The Suburban Christian).

BTW: I hope to share more on Hsu's book at some point. It's been a challenging read considering my context in Greater Vancouver suburbia.


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