Walking around within any Chinese city lets one view a whole lot of cars. And most of them look the same. Most of them (including every single taxi) are a make called a Citroen. It’s a hatchback about the size of the old VW Rabbits. And this is the standard for a car over here. Add to that some other tiny cars and a whole lot of scooters and motorbikes and bicycles, and one’s mind just gets tuned to much smaller vehicles.
Then we walked past a Lincoln Navigator.
Do you know what those look like?
I’ll tell you what they look like.
At that moment, in this place, through these eyes, it looked like a monstrosity…
A road-hogging, fuel-chugging, indulgent-to-the-max smog-causer.
I realize that one might see such vehicles at Wal-Mart any day of the week back home.
But here and now, it just reminded me, “Man, everything is sure relative.”
And I’m not sure that “relative” is always good.