Originally posted @ TheBusBench.com
One of my colleagues thinks I’m insane because I don’t drive. He has offered me rides on various occasions. He often tells me the benefits of cars. I find this all very amusing since we do the same thing. That thing involves us going to various locations throughout the city. I have a reputation of being on time and he has a reputation of being very late.
His passion is Jesus. One day when we were speaking the question, “What would Jesus drive?” popped into my head and came out of my mouth. He said Jesus wants him to have nice things. I said Jesus wants you to use your nice things to help others. And then I asked, “How many poor people are you driving around in your car?”
I wasn’t trying to be a jerk to this guy. I hope I didn’t offend him with this question. It was sincere a question.
What would Jesus drive? I don’t think Jesus would drive.
I don’t think Jesus would drive a car even it were a biodiesel or an electric car. I don’t think Jesus would drive a car period. From my time in Catholic school and reading the Bible I am pretty sure if Jesus were in Los Angeles he would be taking the bus and occasionally riding his bike.
Now I’m not even trying to imply I’m doing God’s work by taking the bus, but if I were to view my method of transportation as a religious experience, the clean family version of a religious experience and I asked the questions:
What would Jesus drive?
What would Buddha Drive?
What would Muhammad drive?
What could I answer? What path would be closest to their paths?
Now from what I have read about all of those religious figures if they were in Los Angeles they would have to be on the bus. The only way you can see everyone is to take the bus. The only way to understand LA on a true level in regards to the difference between the rich and the poor is by taking the bus.
What if the Buddha just talked to his disciples? What if the Jesus only talked to his disciples?
What if Buddha and Jesus never talked to anyone except for the people who could pay them or went to college with them or hung out in the same social circles as them?
The sustainable movement needs to diversify itself. The people on the bus are waiting for us (in Los Angeles) and it’s more diverse than a car, even an electric car.
In your car you are by yourself. You then park as close as you can to a place to spend money on organic crap, where you get on your cell phone and motion towards the person behind the counter to put the stuff in your eco bag. You have to make plans to have a community interaction.
The movement towards sustainability can’t just be about the destination. It also has to be about the journey and of course the idea of how you transport yourself is a very literal interpretation of the journey. The big key in sustainability that is missing is the reach out to the community component. When you take public transit you have a potential for an even larger sustainable community, at least in Los Angeles. It is a very organic way to access people.
The community on the bus isn’t bounded by gender, national origin, age, physical ability, family status or educational level.
And maybe I shouldn’t bring up religion for the purpose of spreading the message of the being carFREE, but I think these are questions that if we do have faith we should ask ourselves.
What would Jesus drive? What would Buddha drive? What would Muhammad drive? What would Abraham drive? What would Bahá’u’lláh drive?
What kind mode of transport would they use to get around Los Angeles?