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The road to virtue

Posted by Simon Parke, 26 November 2019, 8.52am

I am watching the road and this is what I see.

The cat gives way to the old lady because she’s big and has a stick

The old lady gives way to the bicycle, because she’s frail and it’s travelling fast

The bicycle gives way to the scooter, because it has more power and a protective shield

The scooter gives way to the car because it is more solid and could seriously damage the scooter

The car gives way to the bus because it’s enormous and the driver looks less than friendly

The bus gives way to the giant crane transporter because it’s an absolute monster of a vehicle – towering, menacing metal.

It can be wise to retreat or adjust occasionally in the face of greater power

But as I watch the road, it’s only when the giant crane transporter gives way to the cat that virtue breaks out

Until then, it’s all just been the dull common sense of self-interest

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