Engrossed in Robin Sharma’s Lead Without a Title it occurred to me that people who ride transit are smarter.
Consider the facts.
Generally, I carpool to work and never have time to pull out reading material in the car. Firstly, it is rude to my wife to read while she is driving and it is near impossible to read when I am driving. I am usually able to plough through the A-Section, Business and Sports of the newspaper before leaving the house, but that accounts for most of my non-online reading for a given day.
I have a pile of books that reaches the ceiling on my night table that I intend to read. Sadly, this intention has been ongoing for nearly two years.
Back to the TTC and how it makes you smarter.
A 30-minute commute in a car leads to minimal reading time at best. A 30-minute commute via subway, bus or street car allows you time to read a couple of chapters both to and from work. By my lousy math, that likely equals a book a week.
A book a week? That’s 52 books a year… well maybe 48 since people go on vacation and get busy. But still, that’s a lot of knowledge to be gained by simply by taking “The Better Way” during your day.
If knowledge is power, is it a stretch to theorize that there is a large group of citizens acquiring knowledge in massive numbers daily while riding transit that will one day overturn the authority of our society? I doubt it.
But the fact that I can slay my pile of books by taking transit may be a greater motivating factor than money or the environment when selecting my route to work or school in the future. Of course, I would have to discount the reliability – or unreliability – of our transit system. I’ll save that for another day.
- Taking public transit provides more time to read, which leads to an increase in knowledge
- Increasing one’s knowledge may be a greater motivating factor than money or the environment when deciding whether to take transit