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Please know that this is a form and just like with any other form, there will be a lot of opinions that may not necessarily match yours. At this point in time, you really have two choices. Either you tuck your tail between your legs and run for the hills because you got offended, or you can look at what people are saying, pay attention to their logic and cross reference the facts that they mentioned.

Once you’ve done this, you can then participate in the conversation by either disputing their facts, calling out their logic or offering a better conclusion. In other words, you can choose to be a snow flake about the things that we talk about here, or you can actually engage in a real two way discussion that might actually help improve people’s lives by sharing and adding value. You always have that choice.

The problem with our modern discourse, and I’m not just talking about automotive issues here, I’m talking about social, cultural, political economic issues, is that people confuse facts with feelings, ideology and principles. This really is too bad because this leads to all sorts of problems. You have to understand that facts don’t care about your feelings. This has always been true, this is true now, it will probably continue to be true.

If you don’t believe me, say to yourself, “I don’t believe in gravity.” After you say that and you choose to believe in it, step off a building. What do you think will happen? Not much will happen if you step off a building from 6 inches, but can you imagine what would happen to you if you stepped off the 30th floor? I rest my case.

You may not be happy about it. It may not rub us the right way. It may go contrary to our values. We may wish that things were different, but it’s still a fact. I need to raise this with you because it’s easy to get bent out of shape in our forms. I wish I could tell you that this is something that happens every once in a blue moon, but it doesn’t. People are so invested in their feelings as well as their grand concepts on the way things should be that they don’t let facts in.

In fact, a lot of people developed an allergic reaction to facts. Until and unless the fact that they come across corroborate, supports and strengthens their pre existing conclusions, they’re not going to listen to it. They’re not going to even give it the time of day, they don’t want to hear any of it.

Instead, they harden their position. It is our hope that through real sharing of facts and an open mind, as well as a nurturing spirit, people would actually grow. If we want to truly support the local automotive industry, we have to be open minded. We have to call them out when they drop the ball and we have to celebrate when they get it right.

There’s no such thing as a 100% complete devil just as there is no 100% complete angel. We’re all amalgams or combinations of devils and saints. Welcome to the forum.

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