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Thursday, 4 June 2009

Landscape like Holistic View and Orienteering

The title of this video reminded me of the title of Borat..."Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan". Unfortunately the dialogue inside doesn't reach the outstanding heights of:

"My name-a Borat. I come from Kazakhstan. Can I say first, we support your war of terror! May we show our support to our boys in Iraq! May US and A kill every single terrorist! May your George Bush drink the blood of every single man, woman and child of Iraq! May you destroy their country so that for the next thousand years, not even a single lizard will survive in their desert!"

It does however point out that if you keep your eyes open and look around the broad landscape as you are orienteering you are more likely to do better than if you are staring at your feet. Quite rightly it reminds us that nature in detail is too chaotic to comprehend and we need to be aware of our lines of sight and simplify. It reminds me of an old orienteering saying with a cunning double meaning... "if you can't see squat"....

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