Mainly, why bother, and it CAN make
s you stupid. GPS tells you nothing, it’s just a vertical satellite feedback loop. My inner Boy Scout want’s to projectile vomit when I see people using GPS in their cars, and I won’t buy a vehicle with On-Star. You got a whole beautiful, expansive dashboard that could be covered in crocodile or exotic leather, and some Management techno-weenie brand-marketeer cuts a hole in it and stuffs in a goddam TV and bullshit??
Since I like to read I’m skilled with reading maps. I know a few stars for nighttime location work. But mainly I pay attention to where I’m going, and through what kinds of neighborhoods I am traveling (Danger Will Robinson! Remember: Location-Location-Location? Would you buy a house here?), and so I know how I got where I was going.
Maybe it’s a guy-thing and I don’t do “directions” very well anyhow. I don’t want, need, or especially like “directions” – not when I can map my own way there. I know (already) where I am, and anybody with some minor sensibility to direction, awareness of time of day, recognition of shadows, with a paltry memory for layout, and who uses their EYES to SEE their actual surroundings will only be BLINDED by GPS. It’s a fools errand.
The last time we had a “direction-location problem” and I went into a gas-station for answers/directions, the guy was from Bangalore and didn’t know the area at all himself. At least he spoke English. So I went around the corner to a guy who you KNOW knows the area and knows directions — a Realtor.
We have a friend who’s been here easily fifteen years, and can’t get around without GPS. It’s more than a crutch. It IS because they know nothing (external awareness-wise) and see nothing (external awareness-wise) because they are uninterested in anything but themselves (external awareness-wise). Their self-centric worldview plots them at the world-center to begin with, and GPS firmly plants them there – so all their attendant self-centric biases doesn’t let them leave. They are ALWAYS late (never their fault), never remember how they got anyplace (not their job), don’t know how to leave (go where??), and basically can’t locate themselves in physical space. That is unnecessary and secondary compared to catering to their tastes and needs. It’s like math, “is too hard.” So they don’t bother, and they don’t really know where they are when they get there at any point in space-time. And as far as past-tense goes they don’t know where WHERE was, or where it will be when they get THERE. They’re just (unhappily) HERE-THERE at any moment – and/but not in a Zen kinda “be-here-know” spacey way – they simply are as they came into the World: brain-naked and clueless like an infant.
Politically they also closely approach the same awareness-set of VOID. Sadly they vote, and as among the most low-information types possible, they vote for their perceived MAIN bias: what makes them FEEL good…
UPDATE: I know I made a bunch of blanket statements which is why I prefaced this as a rant. But this also came out of a discussion with a friend who was up here visiting – and he complained that relying on the GPS constantly was making HIM stupid. And it was the constant-use thing that triggered my rant. That started the discussion with my buddy and his wife, and it reminded me of some other friends from where we used-to live who exhibited the same behaviors, so in essence there was more than one person involved, and I didn’t reveal that in my rant and I should have set the parameters that way.