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Canopus

People are like cars

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In many respects people are like cars.

 

Average people are mainstream mass market cars such as a Ford Focus or a Volkswagen Golf.

 

The lower classes of society are cheap budget cars such as a Dacia or a Korean supermini.

 

The upper classes of society are executive cars such as BMW, Mercedes, and Jaguar.

 

The top 1% of society are luxury cars such as Bristol and Rolls Royce.

 

Highly admired people and celebrities are expensive sports cars such as Lamborghini and Aston Martin. They are rare cars on the road but everybody has heard of them and admire them.

 

Now, what type of people are very rare cars that next to nobody has even heard of? Cars that are not admired because very few people even know that they exist. Cars where there are fewer than 20 of them left on the road but none of them are worth more than £500 because nobody but the most eccentric of enthusiasts or collectors wants one. Just because something is rare doesn't make it valuable or even collectible for that matter. If you were born as a car then would you really want to be a Talbot Tagora or a Mitsubishi Galant Sapporo? After all, only a small handful of strange people would have wanted to buy such cars when they could have chosen something more mainstream. Could such cars represent people with AS?

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What about Trabants?

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I think the delorian I back to the future might be a better representation of AS. Looks like a car..a bit of a quirky one maybe...but under the shell wow! Who knew it could be so amazing?

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