Inventors Seldom See the Big Picture
I read what should have been a light, interesting if relatively unimportant, article on the invention of the push lawn mower. Fellow writer Anthony Davis provided this link:
The article triggered a chain of thoughts in my mind. I wrote them out as a comment. The reason was, I've seen too many well-intentioned inventions lead to too many difficulties, later. Here are those thoughts. See what you think of them.
The article begins with the designing of this historical mower, but even as I read it, I could imagine implications. Because humans (and I'm not sure how to put this) are actually one-track thinkers. They don't see the big picture. For one thing, the big picture often hasn't been taken and developed before the death of the original designer! A device is designed that is eventually used to mow a lawn. Lawns become popular. More efficient mowers must be designed to accommodate larger lawns and a lazier generation. This leads to fuel use. In turn, fuel use leads to pollution. The sum total of pollution leads to global climate change. Global climate change leads to horrendous storms. Horrendous storms tear up all those pretty little lawns.
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