Monday, August 24, 2009

Men Are Tools

Every tool must be used for its purpose if you want to get the most out of it.
  • A hammer is good at driving nails.
  • A crowbar is good for separating things.
When you use a tool for its intended purpose, you get good results. But when you use a tool for a different purpose, you never know what you'll get.
  • A hammer will force a screw into the wall, but it'll damage the wall.
  • A screwdriver is a crappy hammer.
Which leads me back to the title, "Men Are Tools".

I don't necessarily mean the slang definition of "tool" and I don't just mean "men" either. I am using Men in the old sexist fashion that refers to all us kookie humans. Deal with it.

You must always suit the person to the task. If you are dealing with the IRS, you want a smart, savvy accountant that will keep your neck out of the noose. When fighting a scumbag lowlife, you want a lawyer that knows dirtier tricks. You want your engineers brilliant and your politicians smarmy.

Don't send the dumb rookie lawyer into fight with a Shark. Don't ask your mild-mannered bookkeeper to deal with The Executioner. You're going to get creamed.

Always find the right person for the job. Don't expect a hammer to do anything well - except pound nails. Suit the job to the person - otherwise you are cooked.

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