I’m not a car guy, so I can’t tell you what year that particular Corvette was made, nor can I spout any impressive specs about the vehicle picture. But even someone as clueless about cars as I am can recognize the badassery Anthony projects behind the wheel of this classic automobile.
Which begs the question that was asked here on Google+ when Anthony posted this picture:
Do vintage Vette owners have….Primility? 😉
And the answer is … it depends.
The question seems to suggest that anyone who owns a vintage Corvette is out of primility balance in the direction of pride. (For the record, the car is not Anthony’s; it’s his friend’s.)
I can see why that might be a gut reaction.
We often see people in kickass cars who carry themselves like they are better than those of us who putz around in our Corollas. And those of us putzing around in our Corollas often assume, quite naturally, that people in kickass cars have achieved some significant level of success, probably greater than ours. Both are human nature in a materialistic modern world like the one we inhabit.
So does this necessarily mean that someone rolling around in a great car is automatically too prideful? No, of course not.
Maintaining a strong sense of primility does not mean apologizing for one’s success.
Let’s say the ‘Vette was Anthony’s. And let’s say he purchased it as a reward after his writing business achieved its fifth consecutive year of revenue growth. And let’s say that he viewed the car as a status symbol — status in terms of his business and his goals, not in terms of other people.
What, exactly, could be wrong with that picture?
In that scenario, the ‘Vette is a symbol of Anthony’s ability to achieve something he loves and is capable of. The ‘Vette is a symbol of primility.
Now flip it around.
Say Anthony won the lottery and then bought the ‘Vette. And say he then let it go to his head that he was now somehow better than all those non-‘Vette drivers out there.
It’s easy to pinpoint what is wrong with this picture. Now all Anthony has is false pride that is essentially conceit. He just got lucky winning the lottery, so he hasn’t actually achieved anything to take pride in. And he’s clearly devoid of humility if he thinks a car makes him inherently any better or any worse than anyone else.
So … do vintage ‘Vette owners have primility?
As I said, it depends.
If said ‘Vette owner can take personal pride in the work he or she has put in to achieve ownership of the car, and if he or she has the humility to realize that it’s still just a car … then yes.
If not, then no.
Image credit: Anthony Sills