The End Of The Road

When people complain that they are constantly on the move, on the go, that they wish they could just stop for a while, they are expressing a very basic instinct common to all humanity: to save time and conserve energy by not moving any more than is necessary. Finding ways to minimise or stop people moving has been the driving force behind civilisation; starting with the development of agriculture which enabled nomadic groups to stop and settle in one place. And ever since then our developing technologies have been directly or indirectly focused on finding more and better ways to further reduce human movement.

We have indeed made significant advancements in this. We no longer move elsewhere to find a more congenial climate: we adjust the thermostat. We don’t go to collect water or gather fuel; it comes to us. If we want new surroundings even these can be brought to us, the way earthmoving on the Gold Coast created the Robina Lakes. Our entertainment; music, art, books and videos are there in our homes. We meet and communicate with people around the world without moving more than our lips and fingers. Increasingly our food is home delivered; cooked meals or the raw ingredients which may have come across a continent or from the other side of the world. You can try this page if you want to know more about earthmoving in Gold Coast.

The internet enables us to reduce human movement more than even before. Almost anything can be ordered over the internet and delivered to our door; no need now for individual trips to markets or shops. Mass transportation like mass production produces economies of scale that make the previously inaccessible affordable. Freight transport is far more efficient than even mass transportation of people, who require a lot more space. Big or small, what can be delivered is limited only by the size of the heavy haulage vehicles and the width of the roads to be negotiated. Freight transport is flexible, able to respond readily to fluctuations in demand, with additional semitrailers hired as needed, or wagons added to a train. Take a look at this site for further details about heavy haulage.

On an international, national and local level there are undeniable economic advantages to be gained in moving goods to people rather than people to the goods. But there are also important social and humanitarian benefits. It takes for example very little thought to understand that the best way to alleviate the refugee crisis lies not in stopping the boats but in moving goods to meet the needs of people in their country of origin so they are not forced to move.

People stopping and staying in one place was the start of civilisation. It is also the goal, a goal that seems closer each year. We are constantly developing new ways to explore without travelling, to access new products and services without leaving our homes, to communicate and exchange ideas with others without taking one step in their direction. As our movements become more limited our opportunities expand. There is a brave new world ahead: but not one we need race to embrace. All we need do is stop.