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Ramblings and Digressions from out of left field, and beyond....

Location: Piedmont of Virginia, United States

All human history, and just about everything else as well, consists of a never-ending struggle against ignorance.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Geography Lesson

...And while we're at it with the sat navs....

The driver of a big truck in a distant corner of Turkey had something or another to deliver to a place called Gibraltar, but partway across Europe something went badly askew in his consultations with his GPS and with his own common sense, and he kept steering northwest till he crossed the English Channel and ended up almost wedged in a country road at a place called Gibraltar Point, in England. He did this instead of heading southwest to the much more renowned big rock just south of Spain, famed for its colony of apes and also for marking the point where the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet and in Aristotle's time called the Pillars of Hercules.

This shows that it's always important to know exactly where we stand in the world, hardly at all in the social understanding of that expression and instead in the sense of geography, because society is far from being everything, while the planet certainly is all that we have.


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