I work with a nice lady--I'll call her Kathy--who drives a huge SUV. The other day she was talking about getting a new vehicle. I asked her what kind of fuel she thought her next vehicle after this one will run on. "Because you know," I said, "this might be the last gas powered car you ever buy in your whole life."
Her answer surprised me a little: "I know that. I just don't want to think about it!"
It seems like Americans are finally getting the message that gasoline is on the endangered list. Maybe they're starting to go through the various stages of grieving. This lady sure sounds like she's in the denial stage....
How do you think the grieving process for the internal combustion engine will work itself out?
Here are the various grieving stages according to Kubler-Ross:
- Denial: The initial stage: "It can't be happening."
- Anger: "Why me? It's not fair."
- Bargaining: "Just let me live to see my children graduate."
- Depression: "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?"
- Acceptance: "It's going to be OK."