Ten commandments and the motor car
I thought you would like to know that the Vatican, that bastian of Christianity, have come up with a new version of the Ten Commandments. Only this time it is a 36 page booklet that relates to the motor car. Knowing how our readers do not like to be seen to breach commands of this nature, I have re-published the commandments here.
1. You should not use the car as a killing machine. Well I guess that makes sense. After all, you would not want to damage your bodywork with human remains.
2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm. This commandment also suggests that you should use the car as a place of prayer. However, the vision of people sitting behind the wheel with hands clasped and eyes closed in supplication does not work too well if you are trying to obey commandment 1.
3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events. Okay, so when a large truck cuts you up and forces you off the road, you should not utter profanities and speed after it with the intention of engaging the driver in meaningful discussion, but smile and say “forgive them for they cannot help themselves.” Tough one that!
4. Be charitable and help your neighbour in need, especially victims of accidents. It never hurts to say you are sorry.
5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin. And this comes from a country that has given us the Ferrari! Whoops, guess I’d better hide the MG next time the Catholic priest happens by. And as for “an occasion of sin” In my far distant youth I remember……
6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so. In other words not to drive whilst under the influence of anything (does that include prayer?)
7. Support the families of accident victims. This makes sense
8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness. Tried that once. At the inquest into the death of my sister resulting from being knocked down by a motorcyclist, although it was not entirely his fault, in the hearts and minds of most of my five brothers, the liberating experience had little to do with forgiveness.
9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party, like the squirrel, hedghog and kami-kazi bird.
10. Feel responsible toward others. It seems to me that this is not a uniquely motoring commandment.
In the next few weeks no doubt the Vatican will produce the ten commandments on clothing. I imagine this will include one that states “men should not wear skirts.” Try telling that to a 25 stone caber-tossing Scotsman!