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Journal ThePromenader's Journal: Idea first, tool second.

A tool is but a tool: it's what we do with it that counts. All the controversy over who uses what tool is moot if we can't see what's done with it... I would still admire the beauty of an intricate sculpture (and perhaps more so) if its author used an oversized and clumsy hammer and chisel that broke with every tenth stroke. The most important in the story is that he had an idea strong enough to motivate him into to chipping his creation through to completion. Progress will give us tools to make relaying our idea a cleaner and quicker task, but it's the idea that is the base of all creation.

So those who would put the tool above what it creates are not only missing the point - they've obviously missed out on the experience of having an idea of their own.

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