“For all your years prepare,
And meet them ever alike;
When you are the anvil, bear,
When you are the hammer, strike.”
― Edwin Markham
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.
You can lead a man to knowledge, but you can’t make him think.
You can lead a hammer to a nail, but you can’t make it hit…
Yes, you can, and that may be why humans love hammers.
Hit the nail on the head.
The hammer is the ultimate power tool,
we need no instructions to use it,
we know with primal instinct,
exactly what to do with it.
The moment our hand grasps the firm handle of a hammer,
a change comes upon us,
we are imbued with a tangible power which we can wield,
and willfully direct.
Strike while the iron is hot.
We are masters of our universe,
able to create or destroy,
build or bust.
What we do with this power is up to us.
All at once we are child, adolescent, and adult.
No need to choose between states of being,
between ages of man, past, present or future,
we are one in the now.
It’s Hammer time.
(I hope you didn’t think that I’d not yield to the temptation to say it)
The sixth object in our Objectivity challenge,
“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
― Abraham Maslow