Reimagining Today’s Horse for Tomorrow’s World
When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk; he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it. —William Shakespeare (Henry V, Act III)1
Sitting amidst a herd of cars in the hot afternoon on our way into West L.A., I scratch my head in wonder: How did we get here? I know we arrived at this location by driving a short distance from our neighborhood. I mean: How did our civilization get to this point in which we each buy a car, gas it up, and drive (often one person per vehicle) straight into a traffic jam?
Suddenly it occurs to me: It all started with a horse and a human’s passion to ride. The distance from that moment in history to this did not take long. It simply required humankind’s imaginative technological advancements. Although traffic jams in urban environments across the world are getting worse, increasing the time consumed in getting to our destinations, we each continue to mount our high-horsepower vehicles with the same passion our forebears honored and rode their horses. ← xiii | xiv →
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