On sitting, potentially trapped, inside the, at first sight, genial and convenient arms of our local car wash, I realised what such an entrapment could involve.
The machine could malfunction and break the glass, subjecting me and my dog to a shower of suds and shattered glass. (at least the wounds would be clean).
For at least 50 years now we have been entrusting the care of our oh so precious vehicles to these automatons, these robots, effectively.
They have become part of our daily lives to the point where we hardly give a thought to their true nature as powerful programmed devices that do a hard job quickly and effectively. They save us effort and do a better job than we could ourselves.
They have not eradicated the human touch of a hand car wash. Casting (or assisting) us into the brave new world of ‘enjoyable’ leisure.
Far from it
Many of us choose to employ crews of very active and fit young people to valet our pride and joy. To do a far better job than any machine could do unaided. In fact 2 weeks before this video was shot, I left my Toyota in the extremely capable hands of a group of enterprising East Europeans in Shrewsbury multi-storey car park.
Like many other folks, my car is on a lease with Motability and needs to be kept in tiptop condition. These men can make your car look like new in a couple if hours and it costs about the same as it would to do the auto wash twice and vacuum for ages myself.
Aldous Huxley never anticipated this. No one knows what the future will bring.
Right now we are all spending too much time speculating about the future rather than focussing on the present.
As Ferris Bueller said:-‘ Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’
Post script: Safe Car Wash app reveals hundreds of potential slavery cases – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47829016