"Strange thoughts brew in your heart when you spend too much time with old books." (Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Thoreau GPS

I've got Dr Roizen (the partner to Oprah's Dr Oz) on the tube, talking about dieting, while I internettagize. It's called "You on a Diet" but Roizen & Oz promote pretty *innocent* stuff... good eating stuff.

Anyway, he just said something cute. He said, if you eat too much crappy stuff, don't give up: Just do what your car GPS does when you make a wrong turn. It says in a calm, non-judgmental voice: "At the next authorized point, make a U-turn."

I like the idea of having a computer voice as one's inner voice. Instead of a nasty, name-calling inner voice, have something more like Hal. "You don't want to do that, Mabel."

Which ties in nicely to the Thoreau I've been reading:

"Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate. Self-emanicpation even in the West Indian provinces of the fancy and imagination--what Wilberforce is there to bring that about?"

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