Why are you what you are in Hoboken?

Why are you what you are? (in other words – a bike share lover?)

I am blown away by the differences between various generations. Everything from the oldest of the old, all the way to the newest of the new. More so by the new.

While we pretty much oppose government-involved bike sharing like we have in Hoboken, I’m perplexed by the practically blind acceptance of this new-fangled way of getting around more than anything.

It’s the type of people I witness using this fruity bike sharing program. Weak, effeminate men. Overly-confident yoga-girls. People who seem NOT to have their own strong individual ideas.

I saw a “guy” riding around on a nextbike the other day (complete with full-blown consumerism, dainty shopping bags, etc.), but he was riding on the street. I thought for a second “How can this be? Someone doing it right!”

hoboken bicyclist doing it right or not

That didn’t last long, as he immediately plowed up on the sidewalk almost running a couple over on his way to the “Library.”


hoboken nextbike sidewalk

You are a victim of your times – your outlets – you have no true thought of your own!

Mob-like behavior. Tribe mentality. Go with the flow. Conformist. Whatever label you want to use.

Like I mentioned above – I’m fascinated that the nextbike has caught on for casual activities. I’ve seen plenty of commuters (many of whom probably saw a financial incentive over taxi cabs). But a few other recreational riders.

Alternative viewpoint-canceling headphones

Why do you think mocking videos like the one below are produced? For sheer thrills? Or because we have a true problem? The latter is obviously true – or “free thought” content like this would not exist.

The younger generation absolutely has NO faith in the words of wisdom that come from those who came before them. Why?

I’ll tell you why. Because they’re arrogant (unjustifiably), and believe that “knowing how to Google something” is considered intelligent.

They have no idea how the human brain works. What actual experience means (see this post about how I lay out WHY experience matters in both failure and success).

In 2015, people (especially younger people) believe what they believe – and have NO wiggle room for alternative viewpoints. Either they refuse to allow dissenting thoughts and ideas, or they will find a way to make their idea fit regardless of facts against it.

It’s almost entirely emotional at this point – as opposed to “rational” or “logical.” (Those are in quotes because it’s a foreign concept to most).

How did this happen?

I’m entirely fascinated by this whole sociological phenomenon. I truly try to figure out “what went wrong.”

And almost every investigation I embark on – always leads back to technology.

I’ll say this again like a broken record (if you recall what those are), that ease of use, lack of effort, instant results, and other reasons lead to a dependent and entitled body of people.

Who are people any more?

As I see the current generation reach adulthood – I see bad things. (More than I see good…)

For one – I see people unable to directly communicate with other human beings in a comfortable way. Why is that so hard? Why become so inept?

Additionally – I find that people almost immediately resort to GOOGLE or other search engines for their answers. While “Googling” things does serve a purpose (for say, a Cilantro Lime salad dressing recipe), it tends to get WAY OVERUSED today. For almost anything, including depression and lonliness – which is the exact byproduct of being online too much! The irony.

In this amazing technologically advanced world – we’ve raised an entire generation who are almost perfectly controlled “remotely.” Whether by ads, reptetitive messages, “feel good causes,” and a million other crappy ways to influence people.

Back to the bikes

Okay – we went on a general societal tangent there – but it does come back to bikes.

These bikes are first and foremost marketed towards those who have adopted the socialistic mentality of “sharing.” Not owning.

They like the idea of “ease,” yet have no cognitive ability to realize that if used beyond a micro-slice of time, they will be financially punished.

This does a few things.

1. Limits their movement (good for “controllers”)
2. Keeps them grounded
3. Prevents mass movement (out of fear of financial repercussion)
4. Makes tracking easier.

Hoboken nextbike eyesore

Lack of ownership, responsibility – “someone to blame”

Another negative with these “bike shares” is that people become dependent on them. The same way you get mad that for your $2 fare – “the PATH train sucks!” You forget to put things into perspective. The PATH trains cost millions of dollars and are sophisticated machines that require expensive upkeep and are prone to failure.

Same holds true for anything mechanical.

You buy a bicycle, it needs maintenance. Care. Love.

Ideally, you should tend to those things yourself (yeah, it’s called “self-reliance”). You buy a decent bike for yourself, you have some responsibility for it. At the very least (and if you have the money for it), get it “tuned up” regularly (gears, tires, brakes, etc.)

But with this social bike sharing – everyone expects someone else to take care of it. And if it’s not done as expected (i.e., relinquishing control in the hands of others), people get their panties in a twist. “How DARE they not keep this stuff working!!”

Isn’t that all a bit narcissistic?

What ever happened to being responsible for self?

In the end – rely on yourself!

You see my point?

This social bike sharing is just one of many “flavors” of removing YOU from the equation. Just because you paid for something, you expect perfection?

Do you forget that human beings are still involved (to some degree?) Regardless of the robotic and automated nature of our (now technologically advanced) world, people are connected to some degree to everything “automated” you now rely on.

The best bet is to MINIMIZE your use of automated things. Including thermostats, maps, food acquisition, knowledge, dates, and more.

Get a bike. Learn how to tune it. Change a tube. Install a new chain. Adjust the brakes or put a new seat on. In the end it is your skill set. Something you can (physically) share with anyone willing to learn. Self-sufficiency is your best friend. Not your enemy.

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1 Comment on "Why are you what you are in Hoboken?"

11 months 12 days ago

While I agree with some of your points on our youths over reliance on technology to the detriment of social skills I do not see the connections to the bike sharing program.

Your obvious hatred for the bike share program has made you a victim of what you are at times railing against, openness to opposing viewpoints, in this meandering rant.

The bike share program seems to be gaining in popularity for many reasons excercise, recreation, low cost transportation. Let’s not forget not everyone has the time to maintain a bike. Have you ever tried to carry a bike up to a fourth floor apartment, because if you don’t your tires will be stolen.

As for people riding on the sidewalks, I see the danger to pedestrians. However I think bike lanes should be expanded and double parking restrictions that block those bike lanes should be enforced simultaneously with restrictions on side walk riding. Altoigh I believe it will be irrelevant until the road conditions in Hoboken improve.

We live in a social community it is ok to rely on others from time to time. If the bike share is economically responsible I think it is a great addition to the city. It would be nice to have more bikers and less drivers around that’s for sure.