Form vs Function

July 19, 2013 at 9:21 am (Uncategorized)

In general, I tend to prefer things that do their job very well over things that look nicer but do their jobs less well. This applies to cars, food, appliances, and really all manner of things. I’m not saying that I don’t appreciate art for it’s own sake, but if something is supposed to be functional at times the design can get in the way. I understand that humans are visual creatures, but sometimes it seems to me that we put too much stock into what things look like, rather than what they are.

We do the same thing with people, too. If someone doesn’t fit the mold of one’s expectations, many simply dismiss them. That, I think, is the great challenge of our society, to just let people be who they are without all these preconceived notions. At the least, people should realize that they are predisposed to having particular worldviews, so why not examine them?

I think a lot of people fall into this trap where they think that they’re right, and then stop examining any other beliefs. Over time, they calcify, and they begin to ignore evidence in favor of continuing to think that they are correct. This is where you get the current Republican party, a lot of older people, and a sizable swath of everyone else. What I think is not well articulated in our educational system is that you can believe that you are right, and you can defend your views vehemently while still keeping an open mind to the possibility that you could have room for your ideas to change. 

So keep an open mind–now I have to get ready for work.


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