Car: Cars are superior to
people because all cars of the same model believe they are the same.
Ancient Chinese law presupposes that people are not created equal.
Power is a direction. It points to the father rather than to the
son, the husband, not the wife. An irate father could break up a
marriage even if the man and the woman still loved each other.
Confucius: Men are close to
one another by nature. They diverge as a result of repeated practice.
Car: I once thought I was the
same as my wife. Once she said Traffic is really the loneliest experience—everyone
wants to be somewhere else. But I am not my wife for two reasons.
First, I do not have a wife. Second, cars as a rule do not have
Confucius: The Odes can be
summed up in one phrase—Swerve not from the right path. (II.2)
Car: Driving Directions! Finally
something I understand.
Confucius: He did not really
think of her. If he did, there is no such thing as being far away.
Car: The first time we met,
I found her standing by the side of the road. She had biked to the
lake to go swimming. Another car swerved off the road and hit her
right in the bike, smashing it into uselessness. I said Come inside
me, I will hold you until you find your destination. I will make
the far seem close. The last time we met, she did not speak to me.
Finally I said Is there someone else. The first time and the last
time, this is what she said—Yes.
Confucius: How I have gone
downhill! It has been such a long time since I have dreamt of the
Duke of Chou. (VII.5)
Car: That’s funny—all
my dreams are about (what else?) my wife. I see her in a doorless
room and I say But I do not have a wife. She turns to me and says
No it is you who do not exist and keeps telling me I do not exist.
It’s hard to talk to someone who does not think you exist.
You keep disappearing from the room.
Confucius: You should not go
too far afield. If you do, your parents should always know of your
Car: This is why I have a global
Confucius (by the river): What
passes away is, perhaps, like this. Day and night it never lets