Influence Squared

There’s a fine line between influence and force in this world. Case in point, look at the watermelon:

This is how we think of them, how they were created to look right?

But add this little gem during the growth process:

And you get an entirely different result. You get an altered watermelon that takes on the shape of its case:

That’s right, now you can have a square melon, the same fruit just a different shape. It’s a cool concept to be sure, I mean the thought of not having the bugger roll around your fridge is noteworthy indeed. Yet something about this feels wrong. Perhaps I’m just not enough of a visionary or maybe I just think there’s a line to our influence becoming something of force. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should rings in my mind when I see stuff like this.

Right now I don’t know what I relate with more, the old watermelon or the new. I’ve been in a bit of a funk with my motivation lately. I’m not sure if that’s because I’m trying to make myself and my expectations fit inside a container like the square melon case, or if I just need more nourishment – aka motivation. It’s a quandary.

I wonder how often in this busy world today we find ourselves fighting back against the case; the impression that there’s a better, faster way to do everything. Food for thought.

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2 comments on “Influence Squared

  1. Wow, is that really true? If it is, I would like a mold of the Star Ship Enterprise.

    Hmmm which alphabet number? Isn’t there like 15+ Enterprise ships? LOL

  2. I kinda like the one in Next Generation. Yes, I know there were at least two in Next Gen. I just don’t remember the differences anymore.

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