"To face ourselves - that's the hard thing. The imagination - that's God's gift, to make the act of self-examination bearable." (Six Degrees of Separation)

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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