Excerpt. Subject is in her mid-twenties, Caucasian, blonde hair, high-heels, scoop-neck dress. She explains that she purchased her Hummer because she is about to try to start a family and wants her child to be safe.
Me: I have an ethical dilemma about SUVs in general, and not just Hummers. If you drive one with your kids in it, your kids are much less likely to suffer a fatality in an accident. But another person in their car is more likely to suffer a fatality if they collide with a Hummer than a smaller car. So what you trade for your kids safety you trade for another kids safety.
Hummer Owner 3: So then they should all drive SUVs. I mean, in my personal life my family will come first. And thats the way it will be. If I were to have an accident, at least I know that my family will be safe. And if someone else feels the same about their family, then they will probably try to do the same for theirs. But to me, if something is meant to happen, its going to, whether you are in a Hummer, a Jeep, a convertible, or a motorcycle. We have motorcycles, so I contradict myself on that.
Me: But the kids wont ride on the motorcycles.
Hummer Owner 3: No, not if I can help it.
Me: Another thing that I think fuels peoples resentment towards Hummers is the military factor. And thats one thing that concerns me, that in some of our movies, violence becomes cool, becomes stylish, and if our military vehicles start becoming stylish, maybe thats another way that were slipping and letting the military become cool or pretty.
Hummer Owner 3: Once again, thats opinion. And everyones got one. My thing iswhether you are against war or for war or whatever, its going to happen no matter what opinion we have. Were not the one in control. We cant stop it. There are so many different groups of people that believe one thing, believe this, believe that, and unless we all get together and believe the same thing, its not going to work. Well all just sit around with our own opinions. Thatll be it. Its our opinion.
Me: Do you get together with people, or are you active in politics?
Hummer Owner 3: Not really. Ill get mad. Ill make my opinion: Ill say what I think, and I have no idea what I am talking about. And when I dont know what I am talking about, I dont need to be talking about it. Ive learned to not mention it, not even bring it up. I dont know. Its just that, to me, theres so much dirty stuff in every type of political thing. Obviously theres a lot of wrong.