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Monday, June 2, 2014

Coexist - But to what extent?

I'm sure most of you have seen these bumper stickers or had the cards handed under your windshield wipers at some point.  For those of you that aren't familiar, they look something along the lines of this:

I know some of you will look at this and see the surface; different religions and lifestyles not bothering each other about their respective beliefs.  But I can't help but pry deeper.  Before I go into it, let me air my bias.  I was raised Christian, attended Catholic school K-12, am now agnostic with varying beliefs and support gay marriage.

Now, from what I understand, this symbol/phrase is telling us that we should all just...get along.  But my question to you is this:  Where do we draw the line?  This is where it gets complicated.

Morals are such an incredibly subjective thing, this is a near impossible feat because there is no real scale of acceptability.  Who is to say one person's morals are greater than the next?  Are we to ignore our own beliefs for the sake of another's?

Example:  Say a 'morally corrupt' dictator is going and rounding up people that he finds repulsive, for whatever reason, and executing them.  Are we to just stand idly by while they do so?  I mean, after all, who's to say their beliefs are wrong?

If we say this practice is wrong and unacceptable, and that we should end this kind of behavior, we have made ourselves hypocrites.  According to the principle of coexisting, we have to allow this in order to keep the peace.  In order to keep consciences clear, we have to create chaos to stand up for what we think is right, thus negating the idea of a peaceful existence together.

To the average person this seems plausible, but when you really get down to it, coexisting is just another majority rule.  The idea of it is beautiful, but the reality is impossible.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Are cars really that bad of an investment?

As some of you may know; I am a car nut.  I love 'em.  I physically can not own a boring car.  Even when I get an exciting car, I have to tweak it, dump insane amounts of money into it just to make it my own.  There are people who just view these incredible machines as simple tools - inanimate objects built for the sole purpose of servitude.  They don't know how they work other than that they do until they don't, and then they trade them in for one that does.

For those of us which enjoy modifying these magnificent metal beasts, it becomes an incredibly personal relationship.  A special bond develops between man and machine, similar to that of a pet.  They are our loyal companions to the bitter end, and believe me, the end is always bitter.  We grow together, learn together, get in arguments.  Yes, arguments.

But on the other hand, it's not just the relationship with the car that makes this hobby so incredible.  It's the people we meet.  It's hard to find a group so passionate about what they do as car enthusiasts.  Sure some hold fierce loyalty to branding but when you get down to it, there's so much to be had in common.  The community is so accepting to all walks of life, and it's amazing.

Those that view us as hooligans throwing our money away will never care to delve any deeper than the surface.  They will never understand what lies beneath; that this is forever engraved into our souls.  I guess I just want to stop explaining myself to these people.  Sure cars are a horrible investment from a financial standpoint, but that's as far as that statement goes.  For this much fun, knowledge and brotherhood, I'll smile all the way to the poorhouse.

And this will be my chariot.