This is a fascinating piece about a common pencil, written in 1958 it looks at the miraculous synergy that occurs, to make the seemingly common pencil, I hope you are inspired by this, I was! It is a testament to the fact that markets do in fact, offer so much good to people all around the world, that humans dealing freely with each-other will more often than not do so to the benefit of all parties. I, Pencil, By Leonard E. Read
I am a lead pencil—the ordinary wooden pencil familiar to all boys and girls and adults who can read and write.
Writing is both my vocation and my avocation; that’s all I do.
You may wonder why I should write a genealogy. Well, to begin with, my story is interesting. And, next, I am a mystery —more so than a tree or a sunset or even a flash of lightning. But, sadly, I am taken for granted by those who use me, as if I were a mere incident and without background. This supercilious …