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June 18, 2014


Bob Cleveland

To a great extent, I think we are guilty of economic snobbery.

Small example. Before our church built its new building, we occupied a church building landlocked on 2.29 acres. Also on the property was a house .. small .. that we'd acquired, ostensibly for more parking when needed.

Now, our custodian was a guy named Mike, retired air force, very simple man, and he asked if he could live in that house. Said he'd be happy to tend to all the open & lock duties, and would just kind of continually look after the property. Sounded like a really good deal to me.

The Deacons voted it down. They couldn't see letting someone live in a house that was beneath their domestic standards.

Mike said he never did understand that. Here was a house that was a lot nicer than what he lived in ... he could live there and not need transportation to & from work, and he'd really like it. But the economic snobs among us wouldn't let him.

People in China pray for a job and in comes some American company and pays the going rate for labor there, and the economic snobs among us strike again, all the while buying what it is we're griping about the manufacture of.

Elizabeth DeVore

Beautiful, amen, exactly.

I believe there is going to be a major change in a few years that will turn foreign manufacturing on its ear: the 3D printer. I am in awe and slightly obsessed with 3D printers, and not a little afraid. Before long, those with money will buy a printer and the different materials and just make the stuff we want. If the tech goes where I think it will, when we're sick of it or the item breaks, we'll recycle the material into something else. First it'll be things like cups and Lego-like blocks. But if a 3D printer can make a monkey wrench with movable parts, there's no reason it can't manufacture fabric.

It'll be really interesting. There's a great potential that millions overseas will be out of jobs. And there's a potential that hand-made craftsmanship will suddenly become the most valuable thing in the world. 3D printers are already making prosthetic arms for war amputees in Africa. (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/3dprinted-prosthetics-how-a-100-arm-is-giving-hope-to-sudans-50000-war-amputees-9071708.html)

It's going to get very wild very quickly.

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