• Vol. 10
  • Chapter 10

Henry Ford’s Totem Pole

This totem marks the point when
vision changed from accessible
transportation for all—Average
Joes able to visit distant relations
more often, see more of the world
in one lifetime—to assembly-line
avarice. Workers now have autos
to travel to-and-from mechanical jobs
more plentiful than adequate hospitals.
We can work to afford the planned
obsolescence of what we already own,
make more trips to record
latest ecological disasters, visit
family and friends, witness steady
physical and mental deterioration
from unfulfilling labour reflected
back at us. Take photos of roadside
monuments to oil barons between
junkyards that rival former forests.