Ever since the dawn of the internet, there's been fighting. Fighting over who got the best operating system, fighting over political candidates but also a lot of fighting over everything automotive. Every nook and cranny has been talked over. What is the best kind of oil? Which country makes the best cars? Why new cars are not good, or why old cars aren't made for today's road? There's been as much topics and threads on the internet talking about those topics as there is people on earth ― probably even more.
DEBATING THE UNDEBATABLE
Internet forums taught the world a lot of things. First thing is, when people are anonymous they tend to be quite different than in person. That little guy that was always picked on by bullies? He'd make saints cry. Second thing the internet taught us is way more important. Every. Single. Thing. can be learned on the internet. Be it by some forum guru or a dated old website telling you its secrets, we can learn a lot about anything. What do you get when you put those two things together? You get people that are going to argue harshly posts that aren't the way they like, people arguing about opinions as if they were facts, newbies acting like everything they read is true and apathetic old-school members saying to use the search function.
WHERE I'M GOING TO
You probably wonder where I'm going to with those words, I'm going to tell you now. It's about being yourself and being okay with it. Stop wanting to get all the attention being someone you're not. With all the fuzz around stanced cars and excessive camber, there's been a lot of people advocating about being a true car guy (the ones with function over form tattooed on their heart) vs. being a fake one (symbolizing the stance guy as the new-age ricer). But something is to be reminded, in the end we are all in this together.
We are in a way not a lot of other groups are. We are not seen as the example to follow by politically correct people. We often prefer dirtier internal combustion engines, preferring a ride in our personal vehicle than taking a crowded bus and being seen as people that drive like maniacs based on movies like the fast and the furious. We look like we are trouble.
A TROUBLED FAMILY
As a family, we are not exactly close. We all have our own clique. The low-rider people, the musclecar people, the import guys and every other stereotypes. What I'd like to see is ties between these cliques. It's true that we cannot make a one big united family by the very own existence of opinions but we should look at car culture like Japan. Japanese car culture is about doing things the way you want it. And people respect it! It's more than just car culture. Respect is a big part of Japanese mindset. I think we should just apply this to us, carpeople. A bit like gun people respect each others at the gun range, we should abide by the same cultural idea of respect.
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