Driving, driving, driving . . . Clear across the country and back, in summer and in winter, through towns and villages, to the sea and over the Alps. Driving, driving, driving . . . But how is it possible for us to do that at all? Humans can do many things. They can hop and jump, walk and run, swim and dive, they can stumble and fall, and sometimes even walk upright. But two forms of movement are denied to them: they cannot fly, and they cannot drive.
The thing with flying is simple. People saw that other animals could do it. And we began to dream of doing the same, of overcoming gravity and gliding through the air. But humans have no wings, and it took centuries for this dream to be realized using sophisticated technical solutions. But how did humans come up with the idea of driving? There are no animals with wheels that we could have used as a model. Like the deliberate use of fire, driving is one of the activities that sets humans apart from all other creatures. The fact that we are no longer part of nature is demonstrated not least by this strange form of locomotion.