The whole and its parts

The whole & its parts

Tools and their Purpose

A drill is there to drill a hole. But drilling that hole may serve to hang up something. And hanging up that thing may be to have light in a room or organize it differently. Another point of attention is that to drill a hole it is useful to know the purpose of that hole as well as the context in which it will take shape. That is due to the many variables impacting the execution of the task.

But to describe the task, we often stick to the basic description, assuming that it fits it all. And sometimes, we confuse what we want that tool to do with what it actually does.

A screwdriver is used to turn a screw in a direction determined by the structure of the screw so that the screw can drive itself into the hole. A hammer hits the head of a nail with strength and direction so that the nail is driven into wood using the direction given by the hammer.

It is the same with a golf club. A golf club doesn’t hit the ball to the place we’ve planned. A golf club hits a ball so that it can take speed, rotation, and direction from the way the club hits the ball.

The ball will use the given combination of speed, rotation, and direction to fly, fall and roll until it stops.

Knowing how to use a tool means understanding the relationship between its impact on an object and the desired outcome. The art of using a tool is the ability to choose a desired impact, to create it, and to then still be surprised by the outcome.

What you want to do differs from what you want to see happen.


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