put me back on my bike
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: La Rochefoucauld, Charente, France
Bikes: Airbourne Carpe Diem + own brand fixed gear
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Originally posted by rockymtn_girl
get him whatever his little heart desires! It is fun watching the little tykes on their first rides. Their enthusiasm is contagious isn't it?
You're right. but I find it depressing the way little kids can't tell tat from quality. LIke the junk toys in the cereal boxes. You think - what a nasty piece of plastic junk. Kid thinks - WOW! just what I've always wanted.
The dark forces of marketing I suppose. The trick is to expose them to quality - in food, design, books, art, engineering. and with time thy'll learn to tell the good from the bad.
A frined of mine went to Japan and he described the level of the graphic design there. Even the stuff they throw away - like bus tickets - are worked and designed, so from cradle to grave they are surrounded by class graphics. So it becomes instinctive.
OTOH if we surround ourselves with junk - junk tv, junk newspapers, junk novels, junk clothes, junk thoughts, we'll see junk as the norm, we'll accept it as standard, it will be all we aspire to, and we'll continue to achieve it and produce it.
I must go and read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again!
The older I get the better I used to be.