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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pencils and Optimism

Pencils and Optimism

A pencil is an interesting object:  utilitarian, ergonomically friendly, and infinitely optimistic.  Observe it: it’s about eight inches long, oddly colored, simple in design, and it seems to last forever.  But the most wonderful thing about a pencil is its eraser.  That’s right.  That tiny, quarter-inch nub at the end is what makes a pencil one of the world’s most optimistic items.
A pencil presumes that despite the abundant eight inches of lead it provides for writing, adding, marking, musing, etc., it only needs to use a fraction of its length to repair errors.  It appears that the pencil assumes we won’t make too many mistakes.  Even so, the pencil isn’t unrealistic – no one is perfect, after all – and that fact is accommodated by the small, but necessary, eraser at the tip.
  All of this philosophy embodied in the simple pencil!
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Motivational Secret #5a 
“A pencil is one of the world’s most optimistic objects.”
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