Chapter 3The Reality: We Are Not as Good as We Think We Are

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.

—ABRAHAM LINCOLN

It is difficult to get to where you want to go if you do not first know where you are. I was reminded of this truism on a recent short road trip from Columbus, Ohio, to Millersburg, Ohio. I had been traveling the route for years to visit my parents. A bad storm had closed the main road, and a highway patrol officer had diverted traffic off the highway and onto a side road. I knew where I wanted to go, but I had no idea where I was.

Without my car’s global positioning system (GPS) mapping device, I could have driven around for hours getting no ...

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