“Practice makes perfect, genius happens in an instant.”
How many times have you touched a pen throughout your summer or on your vacation? How many times have you sat on the computer? The answer to that question will probably give you a hint as to what my point might be. In ancient times people used rocks and dye made of plants to write on the walls of the caves, they used their fingers to write in the sand. Then chalk was invented and allowed them to save their writing for a longer period of time. In ancient Alexandria, scholars wrote on parchments, made of sheepskin that was used up to mediaeval times. However we hardly draw on cave walls, and teachers hardly use chalk on the boards. Just the same, the pen will become a tool from an ancient era for the generations to come. The computer keyboard has become a lot more popular, a lot easier, and gives us the ability to write a lot faster.
In our daily routine the pen has become almost redundant. When do we use it? We use it only when we have to fill in an application or sign documents. Have you ever had the weird sensation of holding a pen, after you haven’t written by hand for months? It is a very odd feeling isn’t it? Well, this is exactly what happened to chalk and the parchment and the rock… Of course, we can use all of those tools now, if we want to, but we find it much easier to just type it all on the computer… The keyboard is our safety raft today, and it surely doesn’t float in ink in the future.
Every day I’m surrounded by people. I see people. I judge people. I see them around me all the time, I think about what they are thinking. It doesn’t matter where I am and who I’m with, or what I’m doing, I’m almost constantly surrounded by people 24/7. You may think that I’m crazy, or I party a lot, or I’m that over-socialized, but the truth is that we are like that whether or not we admit it to ourselves. We are never alone. A little part of us is constantly connected to someone else, or something made by someone else, which in a way is basically the same thing. So let’s look at the world as a huge spider web of links between people. You find it hard to accept that you are constantly linked to someone else? Well, take a look at what you are wearing – you’re wearing name tags on your clothes made by people to be worn by people, you are constantly wearing a link to that clothes manufacturer. How about your phone or your lap top? You are constantly connected to someone else by conscious or subconscious choices – by your judgment. Now my point is probably not making any sense to you in the concept of the assignment and even less with its title but I ask for your patience. I value your time. I’m always surrounded by people. I am aware of it. I judge people. I just can’t help it. That’s how I live. But you and me – we are not so different from each other…
Our choices and our judgment make a difference. Our judgment can turn into a statement, which is often directed by the choices we’ve made in the past. And although not every single one of our statements define us, in the end we are what we do and we are what we think. Have you ever looked in the eyes of a murderer? Do you know what they might have been thinking or feeling while committing the crimes? They have made what you do every day – they’ve made a statement, prior to absence of rationality, judgment, and they have made a choice in a matter of an instance. They’ve made a wrong choice. “As if one could know the good a person is capable of, when one doesn’t know the bad he might do.” (Elias Canetti “Secret heart of the clock”). So if a person makes the wrong choice by killing in a matter of instant, because that’s all it takes in the end to take someone’s life, and that person is a murderer, what kind of people are we if we sentence that person to death after days of decision making? Could believing in greater power than ourselves free us from the burden of common justice? If our nature is to judge, and we are trying to progress and escape from our primitivism then may be the essence of true justice is that man is not cut out to create it, he can only follow it.