As much it’s an important part of my identity not to be judgmental towards other people, I am willing to admit my weakness in this area:
I have tasted from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Real Jeeps Vs. Mom Minivan Jeeps. My eyes have seen the truth.
The truth is, while a Jeep Wrangler is still a Jeep Wrangler, there is definitely an understood hierarchy among those of us who drive real Jeep Wranglers.
A real Jeep is a 2 door with a manual transmission.
But if it has 4 doors with an automatic transmission, it is ultimately the coolest minivan for moms.
If the only way I could have obtained a Jeep Wrangler was to have gotten the 4 door with a automatic transmission, then I would have.
Fortunately… I own a 2010 Jeep Wrangler Sport 6 Speed. All black with black tinted windows. It’s the real deal.
When I think of the Mom Minivan Jeeps, I think of a stick figure family on the back window.
Not me. I don’t want to be cute.
Instead, I only have one sticker on the back window of my Jeep: The snake from Metallica’s Black Album.
It’s send the right message. I drive the Metallica Black Album Jeep Wrangler.
To anyone who perceives that I cut them off in daily commuter traffic, they shouldn’t be surprised when they see my sticker.
To anyone who perceives that I am driving too slowly in front of them (because I am in the same line of traffic they are but I am trying to maintain my speed in 2nd gear without needless downshifting to 1st again because I creep up behind the care in front of me quicker than I had do), they shouldn’t be surprised when they see my sticker.
To any who perceives that I am going too fast or too rough, they shouldn’t be surprised when they see my sticker.
One of the ongoing themes of Metallica’s music is embracing that fact that as human being are not the “good” people we naturally assume we are; especially as we compare ourselves to others who we perceive has worse morals.
Songs like “Sad But True”, “Devil’s Dance”, “Am I Savage?” and “Master of Puppets” carry a theme of recognizing the we as individuals continue to give control over our emotions and decisions to other people and/or vices; as opposed to making the conscious decision to take control ourselves.
The Metallica Black Album Jeep Wrangler is amoral. The Metallica Black Album Jeep Wrangler is chaotic neutral. The Metallica Black Album Jeep Wrangler has no emotions.
So yeah, a stick figure family wouldn’t be a good representation of the identity of the driver of my Jeep; even if, somewhat ironically, there truly is a fun-loving American family of 4 riding inside.