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I drove across Ohio yesterday (for work not family) and I saw something that amazed me. An SUV to the right of me was covered with NRA and Sarah Palin stickers. Huge H2 (Hummer) so that type of sticker fit well on that type of car (in my opinion) but when I passed that car the next car was also a huge Toyota SUV, with Free Tibet and Green Aware stickers – which I had never heard of (Green Aware –). That one bothered me a little as it presented a problem (sucking the environment dry while espousing the dream of fixing the world.)
Perhaps it was a metaphor for what was wrong, consumption versus ecology. But it stayed with me all the way across Ohio. The first one didn’t bother me in anyway as I would assume that was what a conservative would drive. But then I got thinking about how wrong it was to make that assumption. People drive cars that reflect their personal style and needs. Which helped a little with the second one, perhaps that person had a need for a sturdy off road vehicle, like chasing NRA members into the forest or driving around scaring deer so hunters couldn’t shoot them (and of course this is a JOKE!!!).
So I started thinking about how many times I assume someone is “someway” because of the bumper stickers I see on their car. I have decided that from now on I will take all cars (and will work towards taking all people) at face value. They are, who they say they are.
My apologies to the Hummer with the Sarah Palin sticker. You have a right to display your choices on your car or any other place you wish.