Make Friends With a Machine

James Walpole/ April 30, 2020

After dogs, man’s best friends are working machines. They’re a lot more useful than most dogs, too.

Machines from backhoes and excavators to tractors and lawnmowers enhance human productivity and save human labor every day. If you can drive one of these things, you can accomplish things well beyond the skill of any human alone (or even groups of humans) in far less time.

You can learn how to operate the basics of most machines in a day, and you can spend a whole lifetime developing mastery with them. It’s a blast to operate them, and they require just enough skill and grit to retain the dignity of blue collar work. These aren’t copying machines – they’re machines that are reshaping earth and pulling down buildings. If the power of a muscle car is attractive to you, you should love the same practical power in working machines.

Know at least one, and you’ll always be useful to someone. You’ll be the guy who can grind stumps, roll earth, bulldoze old structures, dig ponds, plow fields, bale hay, or haul horse trailers. Maybe you can be all of those things, if you treat each working machine you meet (as you should) like a school.

The machines may rise up and kill us one day, but it won’t be our faithful deisel-guzzling and gas-guzzling workhorses. These machines deserve our friendship, and you owe it to yourself as a man to master one.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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