The Deconstruction of Commonplace Things: A Practice in Breaking it Down

To look at a chair, you might see only it for its function.

But, you should notice that:

It’s made of wood.

That wood came from a tree.

That tree grew many years from its start as a seed: if it was an old growth tree, maybe hundreds of years.

That seed came from another tree.

Those trees were part of a forest.

The tree that the wood came from was:

Cut by down by a lumberjack.

That lumberjack worked a long hard and dangerous day.

That lumberjack likely had a family.

By cutting down the tree, he was able to feed his family.

His children were able to grow up healthy.

They were able to go on and live their lives.

Those children could be anyone in the crowd around you, doing any sort of tasks themselves.

That lumberjack sold the tree to a mill.

That mill employed many men.

They filled many rolls in processing that lumber.

All of those men have lives too, which are effected by making that chair.

That lumber, from the tree, cut by the lumberjack, and shaped in the mill, is bought by the chair company.

That company shaped the wood.

And, like the mill, there are many support staff that work to stain the chair, inspect the chair, ship the chair, and fulfill orders to people like you.

They all have lives which depend on the making of that chair.

An assembler takes that wood, and puts it together.

He makes the chair you see now.

Like the lumberjack and the mill employees, they support a life by making these chairs.

You now have somewhere to sit.

Maybe that chair is only  an object to sit on in your mind.

But remember, it all starts with a seed, blowing in the wind and finding its way to the dirt.

It follows a long path to end up where it is.

A chair is so much more than a chair.

Now, think about all the other objects in your surroundings.

Consider the economies which surround them.


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