Americans are a broad-minded people. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife-beater, and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive there's something wrong with him.
--Art Buchwald

Consider the following:

Elsewhere, is developed how perhaps only death has, across cultures and time, the power to reveal a people's core set of values, meanings, and hopes. Death is a measure of life, which is why much of what we know of past civilizations is inferred from funerary artifacts. What do the illustrations above mean and what do they say about who we are as a people?

In a couple of thousand years from now, when archaeologists poke around the remnants of our civilization, besides finding Ms. West behind the wheel on her eternal tour, I suspect that much of what will remain of our times will be related to our cars. The social infrastructure laid down because of our vehicles--the oil rigs, supertankers, refineries, roads and bridges, suburbs, and all of those 7-11s and fast-food outlets--is considerable.

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