Topic: Serious Discussion /
What the hell is wrong with the country?
NOTE: What I say in this post, and all others in this thread, are purely my subjective opinions based on my experiences I gained over 14 years in Central Europe. I can’t stress this enough.
I’ve told you she isn’t the failure here; HE IS for not ascertaining her competence to take the job that required her to be able to read a map.
Like I said, I can read a paper map. Pretty much everyone in my general vicinity can. And even if that’s not true in the US, I think that in a job that revolves around driving, which is pretty much all about navigating through towns, the ability to read a paper map should be a given.
The employee was employing a much superior method to using a paper, FOLDING map. That the boss/owner is too dense to grasp this simple concept makes him (to me) even less skillful than not being able to read a map.
Okay, let’s see a (pretty shitty) example here.
Suppose you have to calculate a difficult equation for your boss, like, say, 348×69². Normally, that shouldn’t be a problem, you just whip out a calculator/your smartphone and finish the equation in a heartbeat. However, as you try to turn on the calculator/phone, it turns out that it has run out of power.
Which is the accurate course of action?
1.) Asking your boss to give you a battery charger/new batteries so you can get the equation done.
2.) Use your brain and finish the equation yourself on a sheet of paper.
This is almost exactly the same case: a difficult task is given (navigating/equation), the superior method is not available (GPS/calculator or phone), but there’s an inferior method which everyone has learned or should’ve learned to use in school (paper map/calculating yourself). I believe that, in this case, the second option makes more sense. Of course I may be wrong, but it’s still my opinion.
In fact, using a paper map is almost easier than using a calculator IMO.
Here, I’m introducing two axioms for the duration of this post, which are almost always true over here. (Not sure if it’s the same in the US, please tell me if not.)
AX1: Most paper maps have street names written on them.
AX2: Most crossroads have the street names written on signs nearby.
Thus, all the person needs to do is go through two crossroads, write down the street names w/ directions (e.g. left-right: Whocares str.; forward-backward: Whatever str.), then park down where applicable and search for those street names on the map. Once they found the two crossroads, they know where they’re going on the map, and from there on out all they need is a pencil which they can use to draw the route on the map. Literally anyone who knows how to write, memorize things, and has basic senses of direction (teached 3rd grade over here) can do that.
Of course, the axioms may not be true at all in the US, but since I’ve lived in a country where they are true, not being able to read a map, to me, signifies a lack of basic abilities, like the sense of direction, the ability to read, or the ability to memorize things.
I’ll get to the other points later, it’s 11PM now and I need to get some rest. :P