posted on Nov, 3 2016 @ 08:28 AM
a reply to: Kandinsky
There is an interesting dichotomy between a simple wooden pencil and our modern high-tech society. A pencil is so low-tech. Rees hit on it a little
in the video posted above when discussing starting his business (although I'm not entirely convinced he's serious).
I do find a certain amount of irony in the fact that despite our bleeding-edge technologically lead society, sometimes it is the simplest things which
address the most difficult challenges the best. Perhaps it is analogous to Occam's Razor in many ways. Perhaps it is even why I'm drawn to wooden
pencils even. They harken back to simpler, happier, times.
I find even more irony in the notion that my day-job is in aviation technology, and I oversee work on some of the most complex systems imaginable, yet
I love wooden pencils and use them always. Every evening I return back to the ranch to one of the lowest tech professions imaginable, raising cattle.
It's striking that a simple wooden pencil is wholly at home and applicable in both worlds.
My wife just groans when she sees yet another box show up on the porch or in the mail. "How many more pencils did you get this time? When will you
have enough?" she'll often ask. In truth, I probably have more pencils than I will ever use personally, but it matters not. I collect quality wooden
pencils, and likely have thousands. Maybe it's the smell, maybe it's the fine lacquer finish...or maybe it really is that connection between the
legacy of a wise old tree and the legacy left behind by the pencil it gives way to. Maybe it's the history left behind. In all actuality, it's
probably all those things and more.
All in a simple wooden pencil.
edit on 11/3/2016 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)