From the pages of my secret public journal - February 2013
Today I decided to change the world. Today I decided to cut the number of
motorized wheels in my life in half.
Today I decided that I am a person who rides a scooter. Nevermore shall I drive (slight
exaggeration). Henceforth I shall scoot!
The scooter very well may be God’s gift to humanity and the key to salvation in this world. If Jesus is the Way, then I think we’re supposed to drive the Jesus highway on a scooter, particularly with a cute girl wrapping her arms around our waist because there’s nowhere else to hold on…and probably a Bible. Scooters are givers. They’re the Santa Claus of the wheeled world. Cars take. They’re like the Tooth Fairy; they take, but they don’t leave a quarter under your pillow. In fact, they take a quarter and leave you with smog…and the crushing loneliness that accompanies sitting alone in a box built for four. Scooters build up – the environment, the economy, and community. In a way, my scooter is a way to connect with my Amish roots. My roots aren’t technically Amish, but they are of the same ilk. A century of so ago, my ancestors and the Amish were pretty well indistinguishable. We have a few fundamental values in common, my forepeoples and I. Simplicity, peace, and doing what you gotta do even when the larger society misunderstands. It’s whoopie pies, and MLK, and Thoreau, and punk rock…and scooters. The Amish choose to live a distinctive lifestyle, a life completely in line with their values regardless of societal perception, and in doing so believe they are drawn closer to God. Will driving a scooter bring me closer to God?
It will certainly bring me closer to nature and the elements, the changing of the seasons, into a conscious awareness of the climate forces working around me as I scoot around with nothing over my head but a smiley face helmet. It will bring me closer to my friends both physically (since it’s hard to leave room for Jesus when you have two people on a seat that’s only about two feet long) and emotionally (as the natural euphoria of driving a scooter will unquestionably make me a generally friendlier person, and I’ll be more inclined to visit them since I don’t have to worry about parking a big old car somewhere). I fully believe it will bring me closer to myself as well, as I pursue a dream and an authentic expression of my values and character. In living more in line with my true self, I think I shall indeed know myself even more. No noise, no music, no distraction of any kind (I’ll miss the music…and NPR…a lot), just me and the sounds of the world around me and the whir of the motor. Closer to nature, closer to people, closer to self. So yes, closer to God!
...to be continued next week...