CLIMATE CHANGISTS are not exactly the most tolerant types, so dealing with them requires, well, tolerance, patience, and an open mind.
TAKING A TOLERANCE PILL: As I have grown in my position, I have been asked to take on many tasks, and most of them I enjoy immensely. Writing for LCT Blog and my other two company blogs are some of my favorite things to do in the course of any given week.
My blog written for LCT Magazine online gives me the opportunity to vent my frustrations about issues, such as climate change, that can have far-reaching effects on the chauffeured transportation industry. In writing blogs for my company, there are the occasional comments from my readers, who mostly give positive feedback.
As is the case with all bloggers, I too have my critics. My blog posts are based on my opinions, views, and in large part, life experiences. I write about things that have meaning to me. I have never alleged to be right or wrong, just opinionated. Therefore, when I get the occasional critic that disagrees with my opinion, I understand that they have completely different life experiences that form opinions different from mine, and I respect that.
I do however have my own way of dealing with criticism. I write about this industry. I have a passion for this industry that goes beyond mere sedans, stretch limousines, and SUVs. To me it is not about airport transfers, proms, birthdays or nights out on the town. In truth, I really don’t care for being chauffeured around. I prefer to drive myself whenever I can. But I love this industry and I share my thoughts and concerns about it with passion in my own way. To deal with my critics though, I must use tact and a bit of wit in order to keep my sanity.
I recently wrote a blog about the effects of current climate legislation that had been voted on in the Senate. I received some fairly scathing reviews from a small minority of my readers. I found such criticisms simply amusing and chuckled at how upset some people can get with regard to certain issues of our day. I happen to believe that the whole climate change debate is a sham. I base this on what I believe is logical. I also base it on the fact that my life experiences have taught me that the politics of such arguments always end up in the same place — and that place is some form of taxation on the American people.
While raising children, they were taught that if you want to know if something is true or complete bull, follow the money. I have always taught them to think things through in this way; if someone is making money off of an issue, it is most likely exaggerated. Since I was a small child, I had been inundated with media stories and politically motivated ads about the human destruction of the jungle (Oh, I apologize!) the rainforest. It was said that 5% of the world’s rain forests were being eradicated annually. Well they have never stopped saying that since I was around 7 years old, and I am now almost 50. Logically, if you take 5% times 40-some years, the jungle should have disappeared some 23 years ago. Well, there are plenty of rain forests still around, so the question now becomes, how much money has been made off of those exaggerations? It is in the hundreds of billions.
So back to my critics, no matter my source, my opinions are based on life experience, and yes, some facts, and therefore my response is always the same. If your life tells you something different, I could agree with you. If your logic tells you something different, I hope it helps you get through your day. If you want to believe I am wrong, that is O.K., too. If it makes you feel better to call me an idiot for my opinions, you certainly are welcome to your beliefs. I for one know only this, it’s just my informed opinion, and while I’m open to changing them, life experience has shown me I can put a lot of confidence in them.
— Jae Morey is vice president of business development with CheapLimoRates.com. He writes two separate blogs that focus on the limousine industry. “LIMO-U” is a blog that is educational in nature and covers numerous topics about how to use limousine services for various events and other industry related topics. His blog “The Limo Lane” is about all things limousine with topics that are of interest to limousine operators and customers of the industry.
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