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It Takes a Thousand People to Create a Pencil

Posted By Justin Taylor On November 16, 2012 @ 6:33 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Update: See Joe Carter’s helpful reflections [1] on this.

In 1958 Leonard Read wrote, “I, Pencil [2],” to illustrate the wonder of the free market—namely, that one person alone could not create the pencils we have, but a thousand people labor and cooperate together to produce a pencil that we can purchase for a a trifling sum.

The video below tells the story well. For those who have eyes to see, it’s also an amazing testimony, I think, to divine providence and as our work as image bearers in reflecting his creativity (even if unwittingly) and having appropriate dominion over creation.

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[1] reflections: http://blog.acton.org/archives/45725-how-god-makes-a-pencil.html

[2] I, Pencil: http://www.econlib.org/library/Essays/rdPncl1.html

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