Yes no yes no yes no?
Yes red, no blue?
No red, yes no?
In out, up down?
Do don’t, can can’t?
Choices sit on the shelf like
New shoes in a shoe shop.
If the in crowd are squeezing into a must-have shoe
And the one pair left are too tiny for you
Don’t feel compelled into choosing them
If you’re really a size 9, buy that size.
While everyone else
Hobbles round with sore feet
Your choices should feel comfortable
Or they aren’t your choices at all.
Why limp when you can sprint?
― David Baird, Fiesta of Happiness: Be True to Yourself
But resiliency only means that a thing retains its shape. That it doesn’t break, or lose its ability to function. It doesn’t mean a child forgets the time she shared in the backyard with her mother gardening, or the fun they had together watching Bedknobs and Broomsticks at the Astro. It just means she learns to bear it. The mechanism that allowed Lisa Sample to keep her head above water in the wake of her mother’s departure has not been described or cataloged by scientists. It’s efficient, and flexible, and probably transferable from one person to another should they catch the scent on each other. But the rest of the details about it aren’t observable from the outside. You have to be closer than you really want to get to see how it works.
―John Darnielle, Universal Harvester
A beam or pillar can be used to batter down a city wall, but it is no good for stopping up a little hole – this refers to a difference in function. Thoroughbreds like Qiji and Hualiu could gallop a thousand li in one day, but when it came to catching rats they were no match for the wildcat or the weasel – this refers to a difference in skill. The horned owl catches fleas at night and can spot the tip of a hair, but when daylight comes, no matter how wide it opens its eyes, it cannot see a mound or a hill – this refers to a difference in nature. Now do you say, that you are going to make Right your master and do away with Wrong, or make Order your master and do away with Disorder? If you do, then you have not understood the principle of heaven and earth or the nature of the ten thousand things. This is like saying that you are going to make Heaven your master and do away with Earth, or make Yin your master and do away with Yang.
The intentions of a tool are what it does. A hammer intends to strike, a vise intends to hold fast, a lever intends to lift. They are what it is made for. But sometimes a tool may have other uses that you don’t know. Sometimes in doing what you intend, you also do what the knife intends, without knowing.
I wouldn’t be surprised if poetry – poetry in the broadest sense, in the sense of a world filled with metaphor, rhyme, and recurring patterns, shapes, and designs – is how the world works. The world isn’t logical; it’s a song.
We’ve been shattered and reconstructed, told to make an effort every single day to pretend we still function the way we’re supposed to. But it’s a lie, it’s all a lie; every person, place, thing and idea is a lie.
I do not function properly. I am nothing more than the consequence of catastrophe.
―Tahereh Mafi, Unravel Me
In 2013, GE asked its designers to dream up what appliances in the home of 2025 might look like and how these appliances could function in new and improved ways. Taking into consideration changes in food science, demographic shifts, ecological issues, healthcare services, water shortages and the growth of home delivery, as well as technological innovation, they came up with a number of projects. It is impossible to tell which of these technologies will prove useful and which will fall by the wayside. Fixing problems has a tendency to create new problems and the more complicated the technology, the more expensive it is to fix it when it breaks. Nonetheless, it is fascinating to see imagination in the process of becoming reality.
You can read about more nifty ideas on the project website, including an induction cooktop and oven with interchangeable accessories, including griddle, grill, wok, steamer and panini press. It’s all controlled from your smart phone, so you’ll have no excuse for burning dinner while you sit on the couch watching TV or exploring the internet! Home 2025 is currently touring the country and can be seen currently at the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA.