Many moons ago at Uni, Psy 101 taught me about people who are ego-centric. The world revolves around 3 persons - I, me and myself. The centre of the universe is Planet Me.
This unfortunate malaise does express itself in various ways too and surfaces in ethnocentrism where wiki does a very nice definition:
Ethnocentrism is the tendency to believe that one's own race or ethnic group is the most important and that some or all aspects of its culture are superior to those of other groups.
You may ask what has this got to do with foldies? Well, I was in Bike Forum recently and came across a particular forummer who was obsessed with his Brompton bicycle. He would attack anyone literally through sarcasm, cynicism and inneundos, those who had a different opinion that the Brompton is NOT the best foldie in the world.
I do understand that we all have our favourites as can be seen by the strong and passionate opinions shared in Swift bikes but my objection is why must we insist that if it is the best for me, it must be the best for everyone else? Having such an attitude and world view smacks of incredible immaturity, zero consideration and respect for others, and just a general spoilt child syndrome.
I call this Foldicentric behaviour and I really hope that we all will be more open and appreciative of the wonderful and different engineering capabilities each foldie offers, in its own unique ways. Yes, a Brompton has the smallest and compact fold but if you need upright-ish storing exclusively, say in a packed bus or a train even, its not going to work, mate! One of the stick folders will be more suited and so on.
The late Michael Jackson is right, we need to heal the world and make it a better place, especially the wonderful world of foldies. Don't you think?
Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Romans 12:16