A picture of the monument to Samuel de Champlain in Ottawa. In his hand is an astrolabe, a navigational instrument that used the sun and prominent stars for navigation. Keen eyes will notice that the astrolabe is actually upside down !. Apparently the sculptor made a mistake – or assumed that no one would notice. Take it for what it is –
Which way do we Go ?.
Astrolabe have long since been replaced by GPS, and use satellites (artificial stars ;>) for navigation – But — Really – Do we really know which way to Go ?.
I know which direction is North, and I know which street leads to my house. Ignore navigation, maps, compass, GPS and all the cool tools. It has been 407 years since Champlain made his solar observation at this spot during his expedition in 1615. Modern technology hasn’t made Finding Our Way any easier, You / Me still have tell the Tool which way you want to go.
Ponder that for a Moment.
Even with the most modern technology, a pilot still has to turn the dial on the GPS to their destination before the airplane takes off, and the GPS shows the route.
For you – What is your Direction ?
What is your Destination ?
Which way are you Heading ?
Which Direction are you Going ?.
Myself ? – I Really don’t know. Maybe I should ask Samuel de Champlain with his upside down astrolabe.