If purity means to maintain a laser-like focus on the original purpose, if purity means an unadulterated driving experience, then today's manuals are anything but.
These days, when you're bad at driving a stick, if you kill the car, it will restart for you. Automatically.
Putting a skilled driver in a modern manual is like handing da Vinci a paint-by-numbers book.
If I bought a new car with a clutch, self-doubt would hit me every time I shifted: what joys did I give up just to stay loyal to this obsolete symbol of performance?