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