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I, Pencil The Movie

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This is the world we live in. If we weren't surrounded by it every day, if we didn't take it for granted, we'd be dumbstruck by its very intricacy and brilliance. This is an ordinary familiar wooden pencil. You might think a pencil is simple, chances are you've been using one since before you could even read or write. But just because it's a familiar doesn't mean it's simple. In fact, it's complicated, elaborate, beautiful, elegant. It's very existence is too improbable for any one person to truly comprehend. These are the basic materials that go into a pencil: graphite cedar metal and rubber. But if you had all the elements of a pencil right in front of you, could you make a pencil? It's not as easy as you might think. In fact, no single person on the face of the earth could do it without the help of countless others. And this is the key to understanding the world. A pencil just like you and me is the end result of a vast, intricate family tree. A symphony of human activity expanse the globe. Through their work and knowledge a vast number of people have had a hand in making a simple pencil. Unlike your family tree this one begins with an actual tree. The most immediate ancestor of a pencil is the cedar tree in the Pacific Northwest. But the loggers who harvest a timber are also its ancestors. And these men don't work alone. They in turn are assisted by the people in industries that produce the saws, the rope and countless other tools that they use these are also the ancestors of our pencil. As is the waitress at a nearby diner who sells the logger's lunch. To say nothing of the thousands of people involved in producing that simple midday meal. Across time and space the web grows consider the roads, trucks, ships, communication systems and the people who design, build and maintain them. All of them are necessary to bring the lumber to the mills in the slack factories to process them All of them are also the ancestors of our pencil and even with the work of all these people so far, all we have is a stained wooden slat, a naked half of the wooden body of the pencil. But its family tree is larger and more extensive. The graphite is mined in China and Sri Lanka and the pencil factories mixture of clay and heat and other materials before it's extruded, dried and baked in the kiln. people from different continents, different cultures cooperate to bring these materials together with waxes and kilns, and the equipment from across the world these two are the ancestors of the pencil at the same is true for the eraser with ingredients from around the world it's the end result of the similarly complex and exotic branch of the family tree as is the furlough: the metal band made of material that's mined, refined and shipped from all over the world each part of the pencil is the results of the collaboration and cooperation of millions of people together they form a process that is constantly changing and adapting. A change in the availability of cost of material from one place might make another source more desirable, and process changes and adapts, fluently. and there is a fact that is still more extending: the absence of a mastermind, of anyone dictating his countless actions which bring a pencil (?) each member of his family tree supplies only a small amount of the necessary know-how needed to make a pencil they do so voluntarily not because they necessarily want pencils or like pencils but because by working to create them they exchange their labour and skills for the wages let them buy what they want (?) What you're seeing is the market at work. the spontaneous configuration of creative human energies, a millions of people by they're very skills and talents organizing voluntarily in response the human necessity in desire as if led by invisible hand to promote and end which was not part of the intention every second we are alive we benefit from the products the voluntary spontaneous cooperation this is the modern world it's miraculous, it's intricate and it gets better every day so long as people are free to interact with each other if we can leave the creative energies of humankind there's no limit for what we can accomplish

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Duration: 6 minutes and 35 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 660
Posted by: on Nov 15, 2012

I, Pencil The Movie

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