It’s been a thesis of mine for some time that luxuries become necessities.
That’s hardly an original observation. Oscar Wilde put it much better than I when he said “Give me the luxuries and I can dispense with the necessities.”
Thirty years ago power doors and windows were only an option on luxury cars. Today they’re standard on even economy models.
Only five speakers in a home theater setup? How can anybody we expected to listen to fewer than seven?
I drove my beloved old Toyota hard for years, to the point where it became clear that I had to retire it and look for a new one.
As a consequence of driving an older car, it had few modern conveniences.
In my new Honda FIT I’ve got a touchscreen LCD display and SIRI integration with my iPhone.
Seriously, it’s like being at the helm of a Federation starship.
“Hey SIRI! Plot a course to Medicine Hat, Alberta.”
“Hey SIRI! End navigation.”
“Hey SIRI! Play all music, shuffled.”
“Hey SIRI! Send a text.”
It’s both exhilarating and a little unnerving at the same time.
Do I really need to send texts (and emails) while I’m driving.
Maybe sometimes. I don’t know.
Yet I find myself doing it all the time.
It makes me wonder what’s next.