Friends of mine will know my love for automobiles. I shall not declare which of the two I love more (autos or environment), because I don’t have an answer for it. What I can tell you is, I cannot agree with theorists from either side who has outrageous demands over the other.
Fans of the automotive world should agree with me that Top Gear is the #1 rated show of the industry. And fans of the show will agree that the show is what it is today because of Jeremy Clarkson. His TV persona of disregarding anything on this planet other than he himself made him the love me or hate me star of Top Gear.
Even as a fan of the series and Clarkson himself, I don’t agree with him all the time. According to Dr. Clarkson on the day he received his first honorary degree, “The world can look after itself, we should enjoy it as best as we can”. I beg to differ.
No doubt the world can heal itself, just like how the Ozone layer has repaired the damages caused by the world population in recent years. But the matter of fact that no amount of will to heal can overcome constant damage remains. A boy’s wound can be healed in a matter of days, but as he grows older, the process to heal takes a tad longer. Add on the repeated damage, the chances of recovery slowly diminishes.
I think of the world as a middle-age man. The problems it faces now, its “mid-life crisis”. It faces the dilemma of advancing for a better, or should I say an easier future for its population, and also the need to save itself from accelerated destruction.
As a subscriber to the mentality of convenience, I want convenient transportation options to remain. As a friend of the environment, I propose all those gas-guzzling, slow-moving, smoke bellowing autos to be turned into sheet metal for a brighter and clearer future.
Thus, Clarkson’s quote should read, “Make the world self-sustainable, and enjoy it for as long as we can”.