The blog of Karol Moroz

190. On the Law of Cause and Effect in Public Transportation

Koszalin, 2015-07-31 01:08:09 +0200
Thus I’ve heard: A long ago, in the times I only know from the stories of elderly people, there once was a Buddhist lama who came to Poland to turn the Dharma Wheel. In those dark and miserable times, life in Poland wasn’t half as pleasant as nowadays. One of the listeners asked the noble teacher as follows: “Dear Lama, can we use public transportation without buying a ticket?” The teacher replied: “Yes, you can. However, don’t be surprised if you get reborn in Poland.”

When I come to think of it, there’s a method in this madness. I’ve personally never seen a Norwegian, Swiss or Australian person ride a tram without a valid ticket. Mind you, I’ve never been to Norway, Switzerland or Australia, but I guess if I went there, it wouldn’t change much. When I last saw Scandinavian people, for example, they spent most of their time drinking cold Beerlao, conversing in their melodious languages and generally enjoying being tall, blond and rich, which is what I imagine all Scandinavian people do when they’re not listening to Abba.

On the other hand, I’ve never met a Polish person who had never ridden a bus without a ticket. I personally did it several times in childhood and even more during the two years I spent in Poznań. The karmic impact of this negative deed is obvious. I am neither tall, blond nor rich. Moreover, when my male friends gather in one place, I am always the shortest one, even though I’m 5’10" (≈ 178 cm).