The Perfect Pump

The taxi meter and the gas pump are two places where you can watch your money slip away in real time. If you’re stuck in traffic or you drive a gas guzzler, the hit is even worse.

But with Uber, the price is controlled. You know exactly what you’re paying before you ever step in the car. The same fix will happen for gas. Your future autonomous cars will know when to recharge itself, whether from a sun or battery.

We’re at the mercy of oil, but that doesn’t necessitate a lack of control, even during an Uber surge. If we know the costs upfront, we can make better budgetary decisions. Money is fungible, but that doesn’t mean it should randomly tick away.

PS: Replace oil with ambition, and it’s equally slippery. Effort drains with the vicissitudes of life. But like riding Uber, you can expect a price upfront and set expectations that control your own destiny.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.