Cog: (n) a subordinate, integral part
Hell, I’d love to be a cog, but nobody’s showing up with the damn wheel.
I faithfully tried to learn my part, prepared to insert it into …
Even though it sounds very noble to be a cog in a great experiment of human progress, it does require that everyone bring their part, ready to be put into place and withstand motion.
Since it’s become much more fanciful to complain about lack than it is to pick up the slack, if you arrive with your cog, you could be standing there holding your cog in your hand.
This is why some people have become bitter.
Other folks have given up on the idea that human beings are capable of completing anything.
My solution is to build a cog that is able to link up with other forces, but also can perform some function of its own if necessary.
Even if it’s a simple as cracking nuts, I want my cog to be able to stand alone–just in case other cogs fail to deliver.
For let me tell you, the common way to become cynical is to assume that everyone has your level of dedication. It is mercy that makes the world go around, and mercy requires that we create a cog that works well with others, but also can make a damn good cup of coffee.
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