As I was driving to see clients on almost $5 a gallon gas it occurred to me, most people don’t think $5 or more is too much to pay for gas.
How did I come to this conclusion? I judge the number of people who speed as a good indicator of whether or not gasoline costs too much.
I know there are people who think other people are about as logical as a snake. Meaning they can’t correlate how they drive with how much gasoline they use. But I am going to give the average person a bit more credit than that.
I think people do know that if they drive very fast they will use more gas. At least I think this is still so. How much has car technology changed? I know it used to be the case. That is why at one time we had a maximum speed limit of 55 miles and per hour. That slow speed wasn’t meant to save lives, it was to save gas.
Much to the chagrin of other drivers I tend to fall back on the 55 miles an hour rule when gas prices reach a certain threshold.
I am not sure how much gas we can save by driving 55, but I think it would make a difference. In fact I think it could make up for the supposed shortage. I heard that we were just 2 percent under our normal supply. If everyone drove 55 we might just have a gas surplus.
Even if you can afford to pay $5, $10 or $20 a gallon for gas it hurts other people. By using more than is needed you’re decreasing the gasoline inventory which raises prices and this hurts those who are struggling economically. Eventually excessive gas prices with adversely affect the overall economy.
I am not against over consumption, or even conspicuous consumption. In fact conspicuous consumption can sometime be very good for society and humanity. However, I believe we should think about how our consumption affects others.
Each of us has a responsibility to ourselves, our communities, our countries, and the world. I really believe that we should use our buying decisions to influence what is good for society. If we only care for ourselves, or what we can get and don’t care for others, eventually all will be lost.
As we become more caring our level of responsibility will expand and we will evolve. I believe that becoming less violent and more caring is an emergent human trait. If it’s not nurtured in small way it could undergo extinction. And in a world where even small states will have the ability to destroy the world, that means the extinction of humanity.
This post is going under the category of strategy because it has many of the elements that must be considered in a strategy. It contains subtle but important long term consequences.