Don, why do you read the automation section?
Adding to what Tim has said,
I'm actually interested in all aspects of the trade. It's good to stay abreast of the world. Kind of like politics. Even though I'm a Democrat, I still tune in to what the Republicans are saying. It helps to be informed.
Though I'm obviously a traditionalist in regards to TF, I'm not a "fundamentalist." I will not condemn others for the paths they take. I just know what appeals to me...
Hand tools are part of the meditation of woodworking. It tends to be the path that all the "masters" eventually take. In my view, automation is for production and tends to "cheapen the craft."
But we all have our views, don't we? They're all valid. They can all stand.