Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #93: Carpe Diem's Utopia: Transportation

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A long time ago
Johnny rode the monorail
Where did he end up?


In spite of the Cold War and the fear that we might all be vaporized at any moment to prove whether the USA or the USSR had the bigger nuke, there was a futuristic vision in the 1970s and early 1980s which was very colorful and effervescent. The song Johnny on the Monorail is an example of this fantastical Utopia where everyone is young and happy and life is good.
The flip side of this vision offers Logan's Run, where anything which is not young and effervescent is eradicated.


  1. I don't think that Logan's Run is the flipside - just the logical extension. Young and beautiful is worth while. Old and/or imperfect is not.

    1. Oh gosh, I rather strongly disagree. I feel like I never would have developed the level of compassion I have in my older years had I been killed off at 30. I was so focused on my physical appearance, which in the end is meaningless. I had a lot of ignorant ideas which I look back on and cringe. I'm so glad I'm not that person anymore. I think all people are valid, not only those who are young and conventionally attractive.

    2. I didn't mean that I agreed that only young and beautiful were worthwhile, just that those are the ideas we are repeatedly fed. Sometimes subtly, often not.

    3. Usually not. Sorry, I guess reading comprehension isn't my strong skill today. I'm a bit of a dumb bunny on my best day, I'm afraid.

    4. Dumb bunny is one of the last things I would call you.


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