Not Driving Is A Disgrace?

According to this Yahoo article, most of Generation Y doesn’t want to drive. Interesting.

Many of the comments are slamming them down, calling them lazy, unmotivated, immature and so on and so forth. Apparently, these people have never heard of car accidents and drunk driving.

Many of them are also saying things like “I guess Gen Y will have to walk” as if that’s a bad thing. Umm, as much as people complain that “kids today” don’t get enough exercise, I’d think being willing to walk is a good thing. Or does that only apply until you are eligible to attain a driver’s license?

I know there are areas where walking or biking is unsafe or inconvenient and there is little to no public transportation. If you have a job that requires you to go long distances, driving is a life-saver. But that’s not the case for everyone.

Personally, I hate cars. Too small (slight claustrophobia), too hot and I get motion sickness if I spend too long in a car. Plus, when it’s nice out, I’d rather go for a walk than a drive. It’s easier to enjoy the sun and breeze.

I posted a comment on the article and some idiot replied with this:

Step outside your little box sometime…there a great big world happening out there and it is passing you by! Not learning how to drive is IGNORANT!

Here’s a clear example of the pot calling the kettle black. Maybe this person should step out their little box sometime and see that the world has more than one lifestyle. There are people who don’t eat meat (vegetarians), people who rely on solar energy to power their houses and people who don’t drive. I fit into the third category. Even if I had my license, I wouldn’t drive because I don’t want to, just as I won’t be having children because I don’t want to.

The feeling I got from most of the comments that slammed those without licenses is that their car is their entire life…which I find sad. If you need a car to live, fine, but if your life is so dependent on your car that you think anyone who refuses to drive is an immature basement dweller in their parents’ home, you have issues. Really, build a bridge and get over it.

If I ever decide to own a car, it’ll likely just be used for long state trips, if I ever take one. Other than that, it’ll probably just sit in the driveway and collect dust.

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One thought on “Not Driving Is A Disgrace?

  1. I agree with you!! 🙂 I’ve been meaning to get my licence for a while and I have to admit I am a bit lazy to get it. I have driven before though and it kinda freaks me out. I agree with you though, nearly all my friends have cars and are shocked that I don’t yet but I’m happy to walk, catch the bus or even ride my bike to uni, work or wherever… I enjoy the journey!! It’s weird though because most young folks I know already drive and have licences, well where I’m from anyways… But I should probably get my licence seeing as I finish work usually at 2-3am and don’t wanna be carpooling forever even if it is economical to do so 🙂

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