The Parable of the Bicycle

bicycle parable




I used to own this bicycle that I loved very much. It was my primary transportation for years. Whenever something broke I made sure it was fixed properly. But after many years I came to the realization that the frame was really a terrible fit for my body and that I would be more comfortable/efficient with a new bike. After that, I stopped doing major repairs. I knew that if I continued to invest in the bike I would never get rid of it. Only by riding it to the ragged edge would I ever be inspired to get rid of a trustworthy companion and replace it with something better.

A ‘good’ politician, or a cop who actually gets convicted, are just like that bike. Elections and accountability, in a best case scenario, just prolong our ride on this shitty bike. Fuck this bike. Let us do something better.




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