In the past, if you gave a man a fish, he’d eat for a day. If you taught him how to fish, and maybe gave him a pole, he could theoretically feed himself for a lifetime.
Modernly, if a man sees you with some fish, he simply expects you to give him one. If you give him one, he’ll then probably bitch at you for not cooking it for him and making it taste like it was made by Gorton’s.
If you give the modern “man” a pole to learn how to fish, he’ll either take it and try to use it as a tool of intimidation, so as to extract money from someone, or he’ll try to sell it on eBay or Craigslist, so as to go eat at McDonald’s.
It should come as no surprise that the manual transmission is now seen as the greatest automotive theft deterrent available.