What does it take to be wise?

What does it take to be wise?  Is it?

  1. Read Calvin and Hobbes faithfully and meditate
  2. Mars bars and Caesar salad
  3. learn from your mistakes
  4. learn from other peoples mistakes

That’s what is tough about multiple choice, they’re tricky, and sometimes more than one answer is right, but the person asking the question only accepts one answer as correct (or maybe two in this case because Calvin and Hobbes are really cool).  (the purple font is a link if you don’t know Calvin & Hobbes)

The correct answer is #4 – learn from other people’s mistakes.


What prompts me to write this post? If you go to youtube and input a search “dutch and cycling” it comes up with some interesting youtube videos about dutch and their cycling paths.

It comes down to this – After World War II the Dutch economy improved and cars became more plentiful, cars and car parks, cars and accidents, cars and decreased cycling, and all of problems that come with lack of exercise.  Eventually the Dutch rebelled and told their government they wanted change and they protested.  The government listened and it lead to the safe and plentiful cycle paths in the Netherlands now, copied in many other European countries but not (duh!) in North America.

Read more here – link to How the Dutch got their cycling infrastructure

Here is where I wonder what you think. I live in a delightful little city roughly 8 kilometres between the lakes. Ideal in length and lack of hills for the most part for non motorized vehicles, and the encouragement of all the benefits that derived therefrom.

Are we wise enough to learn from the Dutch?

dutch cycling

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and say thank you for their encouragement and suggestions.
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