Below is a chapter from Rule #2: Don’t Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children. Over time we will be posting most of the book, though, should this inspire you to buy a copy, we would not be offended 🙂 Posted chapters can be found in the Table of Contents.

Rule #20: Ride the bus (Mom)

My generation is leaving your generation with a world in extreme environmental distress. This sucks, and it’s one of the ways I have failed to even scratch the surface of my intentions.

One of the most effective ways to combat environmental degradation is to increase the use of public transportation, especially in the United States. The world cannot support one car per person, and we must all let go of that “ideal.”

Not only does riding the bus allow you to see neighborhoods and communities that you wouldn’t otherwise, it also does away with the stress of buying gas, finding parking, or worrying about parking tickets. Riding the bus also has benefits beyond environmental virtue or financial frugality. The bus gives you the freedom to go out on your own before you can drive, so you can be more independent and take more initiative for your own time.

Riding the bus also develops your radar during a time in your life when there are people close by to help. You will occasionally encounter a creepy individual on the bus, and we want you to trust your instincts and keep yourself safe. Because you will also spend much riding time with people who are of different educational, social, and/or aromatic classes than we are, you also must learn that these people are not creepy and not dangerous, just different. Riding the bus keeps us humble, helps us stay grounded, and makes the earth smile.

Don’t miss your stop!

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