The Philosophy of Products

December 28th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

All products have a philosophy.

I believe that all products have a philosophy. No matter what they are. Even the most mundane ones. There’s a philosophy. It’s apparent in the way that they look, or the way that they feel, or their color. Their purpose.

-Patrick Rhone Minimal Mac | Enough

Every product has a philosophy–a reason for its existence; a role to fulfill. All product makers have a philosophy–a reason for bringing products into existence; to satisfy a want of many or few. Whether the product is a big-screen TV, pocket knife, paper cup, network cable, candy cane, defibrillator, or machine gun, it has a philosophy. Likewise, each of us has a philosophy. When we encounter a product, we examine, or attempt to examine, its philosophy for a possible match to our own.

Pay attention to the philosophy of the stuff that you use. Question the philosophy and say, “Hey! Is this philosophy aligned with mine?” and, if not, “Is there something better suited that does?” It really is that simple.

-Patrick Rhone

It’s not always easy to deduce a product’s particular philosophy and, depending on our own personal philosophy, it may not be easy to agree with or accept it, once we believe we’ve figured it out. I don’t mean to say that we should agree with or accept all philosophies. Although, I think we should attempt to understand a product’s philosophy enough to know why we neither agree with nor accept it. There may be a product we encounter that meets our needs so immediately and effectively that it might even be a waste of time to investigate other possible solutions. We all know what a hammer is for. Or, at least, what its originally intended use is. A table. A piano. Sunglasses.

The degree to which we put a certain product to effective use in our lives depends on our commitment to our own philosophy and how closely to it the product’s philosophy aligns. There are products in my home that I use on a daily basis. They are designed to fulfill a want or need, actual or perceived, that I have, and I use them effectively toward their purpose. There are other products that I’ve purchased without properly evaluating their philosophies and comparing them with my own. These, I either do not use effectively, or I use rarely or not at all. They are reminders of wasted time, money, and energy in my life. If you have kids (I have four), you may find that a product, or byproduct, like an empty yogurt cup or toilet paper roll, may have purpose beyond its intended use. Heck! A kid can have more fun with the empty cardboard box than with whatever, more valuable thing, it previously contained!

We should be aware of the products available for our use, their philosophies, and how the philosophy of each product aligns with our own. We should evaluate each product’s usefulness in our own lives. How acceptable, effective, and beneficial is this product? Is it even necessary? Do I agree with its philosophy? If so, how closely does it align with my own?

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Curls & Lashes

December 19th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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If we seek truth, we shall find beauty

January 15th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

He who seeks truth, shall find beauty.
He who seeks beauty, shall find vanity.

He who seeks order, shall find gratification.
He who seeks gratification, shall be disappointed.

He who considers himself the servant of his fellow being shall find the joy of self expression.
He who seeks self expression, shall fall into the pit of arrogance.

Arrogance is incompatible with nature.
Through nature, the nature of the universe and the nature of man who shall seek truth.

If we seek truth, we shall find beauty.

Moshe Safdie

The Great Exchange

January 11th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The Lord upon the tree did take
My sin and shame unto Himself
The Father turned His face away
Forsaking His own Son

The crushing weight of sin and death
Fell on His shoulders bare that day
And on His head a thorny crown
The King of everyone

“It is finished!” His last words
He offered up His spirit
Blood and water flow from His side
His work was finally done

The great exchange took place that day
My punishment He bore
His grace and mercy now are mine
As His adopted son

Eternity with Christ at rest
All my soul sing praise
Day after day for all of time
To Him, the holy One

His Mercies Ever New

January 5th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I lift my face in upward gaze
In want of heaven’s bright face.
I squint and strain through hellish haze
To glimpse that awesome place.

So often sought, but often not
Found on this earthly sphere.
This tiny blue-green spinning dot;
My comfort isn’t here.

It’s in the One who made this place.
His loving hands hold true.
The gentle grip of love and grace.
His mercies ever new.

It’s only a lifetime

January 5th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I will always be here
I will always look out from behind these eyes
It’s only a lifetime
It’s only a lifetime
It’s only a lifetime