Arnold Williams (notebuyer) wrote,
Arnold Williams

Toys or Tools?

"The one who dies with the most toys wins." That was the bumper sticker.

And I remember enough of my boyhood enthusiasms to know exactly what he means. But that's the thing: is it worth trading something like this, which is quite usable with a topographic map to get you most places, for something like this, which brings accuracy and convenience to a whole new level, but still needs a good topographic map to get you anywhere useful?

Or should I let reality intrude, and the fact that I have a 4 year old daughter, whose interest in toys and games is unlikely to include wilderness hikes, at least for the next six years or so? Reality is the winner, of course. One way or another. I'll still use the one I have from the Boy Scouts.

Meanwhile, for those who want to know if there is something more worth aspiring to, check this out; and for those who still think they have nothing to learn after they have done so, here's a reminder that learning how to live is more important than anything else.

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