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The Impact of Transportation in Industrialized Nations

The modern means of transportation allow people to move quickly from one place to another. A few centuries ago it was impossible to imagine to travel from one country to another within a few hours. However the new means of transportation (e.g., automobiles, trains, planes, etc.) have negative and positive impact on the lives of people.

How do the new means of transportation (e.g., automobiles) impact the lives of people in the industrialized countries of the world? Please explain your reasoning.

In the not so distant past, people didn't think twice about the fact that they would be born, live and die within a geographic space of roughly 50 square miles. Everyone knew everyone else as well as everyone else's business. Families, clans and towns were close-knit. They shared the same water source, the same values, many times the same religion and most of all the same fears and joys. At the same time, life was extremely difficult and hazardous. Most goods and services were provided by the local community though the occasional merchant did provide a source of news, entertainment and trade goods. You were brought into the world by a midwife from the local community and your sicknesses were cured by the local doctor or herbalist. You were married and probably buried by the local minister as well. In short, life was a local affair.

The invention and popularity of the train, the automobile and the airplane added a discordant note to the gentle and predictable rhythms of the music of life. It seemed that overnight society dropped the waltz for the foxtrot. Where once people had lived according to nature's tune, they were now suddenly impatient, and insisted on marching to the beat of different drummer. That drummer's name was Progress. This essay seeks to describe both the highs and lows of our journey in the footprints of Progress

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The modern means of transportation allow people to move quickly from one place to another. A few centuries ago it was impossible to imagine to travel from one country to another within a few hours. However the new means of transportation (e.g., automobiles, trains, planes, etc.) have negative and positive impact on the lives of people.

How do the new means of transportation (e.g., automobiles) impact the lives of people in the industrialized countries of the world? Please explain your reasoning.

In the not so distant past, people didn't think twice about the fact that they would be born, live and die within a geographic space of roughly 50 square miles. Everyone knew everyone else as well as everyone else's business. Families, clans and towns were close-knit. They shared the same water source, the same values, many times the same religion and most of all the same fears and joys. At the same time, life was extremely difficult and hazardous. Most goods and services were provided by the local community though the occasional merchant did provide a source of news, entertainment and trade goods. You were brought into the world by a midwife from the local community and your sicknesses were cured by the local doctor or herbalist. You were married and probably buried by the local minister as well. In short, life was a local affair.

The invention and popularity of the train, the automobile and the airplane added a discordant note to the gentle and predictable rhythms of the music of life. It seemed that overnight society dropped the waltz for the foxtrot. Where once people had lived according to nature's tune, they were now suddenly impatient, and insisted on marching to the beat of different drummer. That drummer's name was Progress. This essay seeks to describe both the highs and lows of our journey in the footprints of Progress

Travel itself was obviously affected by these new forms of transportation. Where once traveling to the state line was an ...

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This is a discussion about the impact of transportation such as cars, trains and airplanes on industrialized nations. The environmental, social and cultural impacts are discussed. Over 1100 words of original text along with links to informative websites.

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