When reading a review of a new car that just arrived on the market, I observed an obvious and worrying trend. While technology in cars has been constantly advancing over the past 50 years, the efficiency of movement and self-awareness of people has steadily deteriorated. Human efficiency and reliability are becoming inversely proportional to the efficiency and reliability of the car.
Half a century ago people, even in their old age, could move relatively effortlessly and efficiency, while medical help was mostly required due to work related injuries. Cars back then were loud, unreliable and expensive, and the person who owned it also needed to know how to maintain it. Operating the vehicle required more practice, knowledge, experience, feeling and thinking, while back pain, neck, lower back pain, and shoulder pain, less sciatica, and headaches were less known and less discussed. Today it is just the opposite. Cars have become more reliable, but at the same time their housing is airtight and, as a rule, a non-expert cannot interfere with it. Consumption and noise are lower, the comfort and equipment of the vehicle is increasing. Operating the vehicle requires decreasingly less knowledge, feeling, practice and thinking. Meanwhile, older people are becoming clumsier, more rigid and slower. They move without softness, and often the impression is that even without pleasure. Muscle aches have become a constant companion.