If you were like me, you used several tools in the course of your weekend’s endeavors. Spring has fully exploded here in Tennessee and I took advantage of the weather to put in my vegetable garden.
If you have been following my posts, I have a recurring theme of separating tools from actions. I used a couple of knives to cut open bags of mulch, I cut cord for lashings, strips of cloth to tie up my tomatoes, and numerous other tasks. I used a machete to hack away at some kudzu that is encroaching onto my property. When I looked at the 2lb ball-peen hammer I was using to drive posts, I was reminded of something I saw in a documentary one time. Apparently, the Hell’s Angels like to carry ball-peen hammers because they are not legally considered weapons in an impromptu police search.
A machete is an incredibly useful tool. I have used one for everything from clearing brush to digging geology test pits in Kenya (where it is called a “panga” btw). But like any tool, in evil hands it can be used for unspeakable atrocity. Thousands of people have been slaughtered with machetes in places like Rwanda, Nigeria and the Sudan.
In the hands of an honest and competent person, no tool is a danger to others when employed in a responsible manner. As free people we have an inalienable right to use whatever tools we choose to use in an ethical way in our pursuit of happiness.
So my question is this:
How did you use your knife or other similar tools this weekend?