Wednesday, April 17, 2013
WE ARE ALMOST TO THAT POINT: The point of not having to think for ourselves. At all. The mayor of New York City has decreed that you can't buy a 24 oz. drink. Cause it is not good for you. You don't need to think for yourself on this. The mayor has told you. Of course, you can buy two 16 oz. drinks and that's OK, I guess. And there are so many other government edits out there to tell you what to do that you have no reason to think for your self. But this isn't a rant on the government, although there is a lot of fodder for a blog on that. Even more than I have blogged about in the past. Nope, this post is about cars. New cars, and some not so new. I like cars. I was raised on General motors cars and would like to rebuild a 56 Chevy. Maybe someday. My first car was a 55 Ford Fairlane, bought used. We have had some Chrysler products over the years, but mostly have driven Ford products. We recently bought a used Ford pickup. 6 years old as a matter of fact. Still, it has so many bells and whistles on it that when my wife and I go for a drive in it, one of us drives and the other reads the manual. But what brought all this on is a brochure that we picked up at a local Ford dealer recently. It features the 2013 Ford Taurus. I can park itself for you. It can access the internet and look up items on the www for you. It can make phone calls for you and tell you where to go and how to get there. Boy, there's some people I would like to use that feature on. It can find music or talk stations on the radio for you. A relative owns a Chrysler product that has programmed into the automatic door key lock fob so it knows if he or his wife opens the door and then adjusts the seats and the pedals accordingly. For those of you who watched Kitt, the talking car, it seems that we are closing in on that technology fast. Oh, and the new used pickup we just bought. It has a feature that tells me how many miles I can travel until the fuel tank is empty. Between the government and the auto makers and the internet and all the phone apps, we don't even need a mind, just a built in feature that says do this or do that, and then mindlessly do it. Or we can exercise our God given brain that allows us to think for ourselves and over ride some of the government and auto maker and computer apps and just do what we know is right. And THAT'S THE VIEW FROM THE DITCH BANK.