Do Cars Make the Man?

It is 7 a.m. People march like zombies out of the yellow buses that have carried tired students to and from home for years. Suddenly, the powerful growl of a mustang booms through the once peaceful, morning air.

There is a wide spectrum of cars students bring to school ranging from old, hand-me-down, jalopies to Dodge Challengers and everything in between.

We see them only in the coolest music videos all the time with songs like “Purple Lamborghini” and “Tight Whips” and we see the array of films glorifying beautiful sports and muscle cars alike, including the “Fast and Furious” franchise, “Baby Driver” and “Ricky Bobby”.

So it is no wonder that so many teens see cars as a way to measure how cool someone is. But, the question remains: does it matter?

There are many different ways students get their nice cars. Some work hard and save up, some get help from their parents, and sometimes an old relative passes down their hotrods to a lucky high schooler. Whatever the case may be, if they have beautiful roadsters while they are in high school, then they must be doing something right. Right?

On the surface, it may seem great, students who own these rides often have to spend a lot to maintain them, and that is definitely money they could be using for college.

Outside of school, we have all seen those guys in exotic sports cars blast their loud engines through busy streets. So this has given people the impression that all drivers of nice cars must be arrogant and obnoxious.

Though it is fun to see a Corvette speed down a road, when it comes to transportation for high school students, modesty is the best policy. But it all comes down to some basic psychology. A lot of drivers of nice cars can often be materialistic and superficial. They think people should be measured by items and how expensive what they own is when the truth is that people should measure others by what they do and say.

As Fred Rogers put it, “It’s you, I like. It’s not the things you wear. It’s not the way you do your hair. But it’s you I like.”

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