Did a simple farm tool cross your mind today? You know the great invention the plow?
Yes, the plow, although rudimentary in design, the early plow, if you think about it, really did change the world for humanity. For example, before the plow, finding food was the top goal setting priority for hunter/gatherers.
I think the hunter/gatherer’s daily planner To-Do list was simple.
Hunter/Gatherer Joe’s To-Do List:
Go hunt meat for wife to cook
Go find water
Go dig up some tasty roots
Go gather vegetables
*Note: Don’t come home empty-handed or suffer the wrath of angry wife.
With the plow, however, man was able to grow food with less time involved and that led to more free time for other activities.
Farmer Joe’sTo-Do List:
Go feed the cows
Go hitch up the old horse to the plow
Go plow the land
Go feed chickens
Go visit neighbor and shoot the breeze on the porch a bit
Go to country store for a game of checkers with the fellers
Go visit Molly, the cute saloon gal and have a swig of whiskey while there
Go harvest the corn, potatoes and wheat
*Note: Ask Molly’s hand in marriage next week
In time, with more modern plows invented, people were able to grow lots of food that led to trading the surplus for goods or services. Since greed is a common defect not easily kept in check, our military and fortification skills may have improved as the surplus needed to be protected from ruthless thievery activities.
Finally, the plow indirectly brought about the modern supermarkets, with their full shelves of so many types of fresh produce, and today’s daily planner probably has changed little except we spend less time finding food and more time doing far more important things.
Suburb Joe’s To-Do List:
Go get coffee at Starbucks
Go to the office and get some work done
Go to the gym for an hour workout
Go to the mall and pick up some running shoes for wife
Go to neighborhood grocery store and pick up bag of apples, milk, bread, frozen pizza and wine.
*Note: Stop at the flower shop and get some roses for wife’s birthday surprise or consider life as over.
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Has the plow changed your life in anyway?
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