Auto-Existentialism: What You Should Be Driving, According to Your Personal Philosophy

There’s no denying that one place we tend to express ourselves, including our worldviews and lifestyles, is through what we choose to drive.
In this post, we look at some worldviews as expressed by the greatest minds—and filtered down into ours—to find out what kind of car YOU should be driving, based on how you see the world. 
*It should be noted that we’re not psychoanalysts here at Tred, but we have seen a lot of people buy a lot of cars, so we’re at least 20% serious with this post. 
**“Auto-existentialism” is just a word we made up, not an actual thing. 
On with the analysis!

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The Big Question:

Which of the following statements makes the most sense to you as a philosophy to live by?

“Leisure is the mother of philosophy.”
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
“Life must be understood backward. But it must be lived forward.”
Man is condemned to be free.”
“Liberty consists in doing what one desires”
“There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.”

 

Got your answer ready? …. Now? Okay, here’s what it means!

 

You chose:“Leisure is the mother of philosophy.”

Your life: Spoken by Thomas Hobbes, these words describe your path to wisdom, which is more about play than work. Your most thoughtful and reflective moments come when you’re engaged in leisure activities, probably in the outdoors.

Your car: You need a car that can handle your playful lifestyle, but isn’t totally utilitarian—you need to enjoy the ride as well. You’d likely be right at home in a Range Rover.

 

You chose: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Your Life: You put a lot of thought into the way you live your life; much like Socrates, you spend a lot of time asking why, and you give serious attention to details. You’re both sensible and sensitive.

Your Car: You should be driving a car with fine details, but also one that will allow you to feel good about your place in the universe. This 2011 Toyota Prius could be just the thing.

You chose: “Life must be understood backward. But it must be lived forward.”

Your Life: Like the wise Kiekegaard, you know the value of reflection, but you appreciate the value of action even more. You live in the moment, and you’re always moving forward.

Your Car: You need a car with power and speed, but not a car for a reckless teenager. You’re one for taking calculated risks, so you just might find yourself in the Tesla Model S.

 

You chose: “Man is condemned to be free.”

Your Life: You’re a bit of a pessimist, a la Jean-Paul Sartre, and you’re probably an introvert, too. You’re not impressed with all the available options, because you know that choice is an illusion, or at the very least, a pain.

Your Car: You literally don’t care, as long as it runs. You should drive a car that will last a long time with minimal maintenance issues, so you can spend your time addressing deeper problems—consider the Volkswagen Jetta.

 

You chose:   “Liberty consists in doing what one desires”

Your Life: The words of John Stuart Mill capture the essence of your lifestyle; you take great pleasure in doing what you want and having what you want. It’s not about status for you—it’s about the enjoyment of the ride.

Your Car: You need a car that is built for enjoyment, like the Porsche 911.

 

You chose: “There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.”

Your Life: Much like Cicero, you’re of extremely independent mind, and you know not to take philosophy, personal or otherwise, too seriously. You do things your own way.

Your Car: You should be driving something that’s as unconventional as you are, like this rogue Fiat.

 

 

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Top image credit: Miheco

 

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