Monday, May 15, 2017

The Parable of the Wood Shop

A certain man gave his servant a fully equipped workshop to teach his apprentices. There was a table saw, jointer, brushless drill and impact driver, nailer, router with a full complement of bits, laser-guided miter saw, and more. Whenever a newer, better tool was introduced to the market, the master would add it to the shop.

The servant knew that these tools could be very effective to make what the master needed, but was intimidated by the owners manuals, and so he made everything with his rusty old hammer, dull hand saw and slotted screwdriver.

Eventually the servant retired and his apprentice, knowing only what he'd been shown, used the old dilapidated tools, while the workshop sat empty and unproductive. The state-of-the-art tools went unused, except for the occasional new apprentice who, wondering at the capabilities of the shop, read the manuals and produced beautiful furniture, but was looked down upon by his colleagues for "trying too hard."

This cycle continued for several years, until the master, saddened that his resources went largely unused, finally repossessed the workshop and sold all the tools on craigslist.

And so the servant's successors wondered and marveled at their competitors' superior products (when they finally went outside to look), while grumpily repairing the old hammer again.

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I didn't think I'd revisit the topic of the loss of Varsity Scouting and Venturing in the LDS Church, but this little story just wrote itself.

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