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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #667 - Tools & Weapons #Tool-Weapons #Weapon-Tools

20 Apr, 2015

"You always have the problem of dual-use in every new technology. Steel can be used to make sewing needles or spears."

Laurie Zoloth

"Why make life a black and white duel?
When every weapon you've got is also a tool?

Shellen Lubin
"I'd Rather Be the Fool"

"We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us."

Marshall McLuhan

Thinking about tools and weapons this morning.
And I don't just mean iron and steel,
hammers and wrenches,
forks and knives ...

I mean the stuff of which we're made--
our sentient bodies, our infinite minds,
our nascent traits,
our passions, our proclivities.

We can use them to create or we can use them to destroy.
We can use them mindfully or we can use them carelessly.
We can use them to participate to everyone's good
or we can use them to take advantage of others
for only our own benefit--
or, let's not forget,
we can use them to benefit others
and bleed ourselves dry.

Or some of all of that--
at different times, in different ways--
some of all of that.
Some of all.

And we are the sum of all that.
What tools and weapons we have crafted
and how we have used them
to carve ourselves.

Tools and weapons.
Weapons and tools.

Tools are weapons.
Weapons are tools.


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