big machines, little parts

By: streetdiscrete

Mar 26 2010

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Focal Length:5.8mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon PowerShot A590 IS

Systems, be they mechanical, theoretical, or some other, give off the appearance of unity, oneness, and efficiency. But in truth they are a complex collection of numerous tiny parts each moving independently and yet in relation to each other. There are parts that go up and parts that go down, parts that go left and parts that go right. All of these parts are bound within a field that holds them all together like nuts and bolts. These cumbersome systems only give off the impression of ease and simplicity because they are defined by a name, a brand of sorts, an outward projection of a singular identity that masks the parts behind it. But when you’re looking only at the parts for too long, in the dark spaces where these tiny mechanisms exist you can easily loose sight of the system as a whole and its purpose.

Yesterday health care reform passed both the senate and the house for the final time. The reconciliation process is complete. The past year we have been watching all the tiny parts, the mechanisms, like moths to a flame. We were consumed by the ups and downs, the drama, the left and the right, the latest jab and the most damning headline. I think more than a few of us lost sight of the big picture. But now that its over, forgive me for being political, I am happy. In a country as large and complex as ours, with politics as compelling and divisive, its easy to get caught up in the millions and millions of tiny parts and to forget the larger purpose. I’m gonna try a little harder not to next time.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
-Vincent Van Gogh


4 comments on “big machines, little parts”

  1. WHOA!!! Great shot

  2. Being Canadian, I’m interested to see how the health care rolls out in the US, and how it differs (for better or for worse) from Canada’s system.

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