I know a friend who will, tomorrow, take a train to Paris. A TGV train (TGV means “Train à Grande Vitesse” : high-speed train – around 200 mph).
Departure at 7 AM, and she said to me : “That’s early, but I will probably sleep in the train”.
I thought about a psychoanalyst and philosopher I like, called D. Sibony. He wrote a chapter about this idea : it is strange to travel by plane or train, at high speed. As you’re not the driver (like in your car when you travel from Binkley to Madrone), you really have to let go : trust the guys who made the train (or the plane), and trust the guys who organize the mess of “all the planes/trains”, and trust the guys who pilot this crazy fast shit.
As in entertainment you have to Elbowing the Audience by killing the Suspension of Disbelief, I think like Sibony that in the world of powerful technology, you just have to… let go and trust the system, trust the guys.
And this is what we do, right? You HAVE to trust the pilot who will take you from Frisco to Paris (what for, after all?).
Then, at full speed, you can sleep!
Tool/Dial : What does this mean? Why, when you trust, are you SO surprised when something goes wrong?
Have a nice day!