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Garmin: Our Always Present Help?

Garmin nüvi 255W, with a 4.3 inch diagonal display

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I wonder if anyone else relates, as I do, to this blog by Seth Godin about his GPS?

My friend just visited us after taking a “shortcut”, directed by her GPS, right through downtown DC during rush hour. This is the same route that Garmin took me one time, thankfully, in early morning before the rush.

Garmin has often led me astray; Up icy, hilly country roads in Vermont in the middle of the night; Through the rough, back streets of big cities; To a Dunkin Donuts: our GPS (on loan from our son) tried to direct us fifty miles south when one was sitting fifty feet in front of us

At times, the voice on our GPS intrudes so loudly, I feel that I can’t think, and worse, she interrupts conversations!

True, she’s saved us occasionally, when we’ve needed her expertise, that is, if a human being isn’t available to ask for help. I remember one “good old day” when God sent angels dressed as policemen to the middle of a jungle road in Central Java to help direct my daughter and me!

I’m sure someone will say, I need to better understand how to program her and that’s possible. My husband enjoys taking her out for  “the challenge”, but these days, “Fiona” resides in my glove compartment whenever I’m driving alone. There’s just not enough room in the car for the two of us!

Here is what Seth Godin says.

Obedience and the GPS

My Garmin gave me a route to the airport, but I had a hunch it was mistaken. So I went my way.

As I turned left instead of right, I heard her voice hectoring me, beseeching me to go right.

And I confess, I felt terrible. I was disobeying. Not following instructions.

If it’s gotten to the point where we are uncomfortable disobeying a 3 inch by 4 inch touchscreen, then you know we’ve been brainwashed. It’s actually okay (in fact, quite possibly productive) to call out the Garmins, the bosses and the influencers in your life, and ignore them all you like.


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