“Since I don’t think that way, how could you possibly think that way?”
In our daily news feed we picked up the story about the first Texas LEAF family taking a 500 mile trip in their LEAF. It sounded like a worthy read. A Texas utility company employee, his Nasa engineer wife, and their three young daughters take a family vacation in their new electric car. You can read about it in the link above. We were more amazed at the comments, which taken as a whole, have a higher word content than the story. With many being aggressively negative. We just don’t get it.
From the mild “How foolish”. To the vitriolic “just stay off the freeway and don’t ever get in front of me.” The vast majority of the initial comments were divisive and damning and in some cases, just plain senseless – “For some reason, I suspect the owners of this car probably also own Apple computers… It’s a cult thing, just like Apple…”.
In fact, I got so sick of reading the comments that I stopped. But then, going back to write this article I picked up where I left off. And was pleasantly surprised to find supporters for the family, and the idea of the electric car, make their voices known too. “I drive a Jeep around 60-70 miles a day, round trip and gas up every 4 days at $40 a stop – again, the saving of money would far outweight the inconvenience of time.” To this – “Why all the hate? They are just letting you know their experience with the car on the trip.” And we especially liked this one “Wonder why so may people are so very threatened by an electric vehicle?”
It turned out that it wasn’t quite as negative as it first seemed. Although there are many that clearly feel an anger toward this technology. What surprises us more than anything is the divisiveness in many of the comments. It is the “Us vs. Them” mentality. When in reality, we are all “Us”. There is no “Them”. Skin color doesn’t matter. Continent of origin doesn’t matter. Religious beliefs don’t matter. We are all “Us”. But until this gets figured out, we are destined to work at odds rather than moving in the direction of the common good. It really is a shame.