Flimsy but intriguing relationships are exaggerated and limited by nearness, look-alikes, magnetic pulls. The creative imagination, skills and sensibility of the navigator are tested to destruction.
Getting lost happens so often that it is no longer remarked upon. With no map-reading skills or language to ask questions in, travelers rely wholly on guesswork or technology, and they begin to distrust both. Instinct that was honed in wordy studies is no longer common or expected.
We do not trust politicians, journalists or banks because we do not trust what we read and only half remember.
We do not trust ourselves.