After a recent rant about our tendency to take a good thing and improve it until it doesn’t work anymore (the toaster, the telephone, micro-wave popcorn, the Mustang II), the Church of the Open Road asked readers to identify items or ideas that function perfectly as they currently exist. Following are some suggestions and some reasoning to support the suggestions:
A BABY’S GIGGLE: Nothing can lift one’s spirits like the sweet giggle of a baby discovering something that is completely mundane to us, but thrilling and endlessly amusing to them. (There’s a big lesson here.)
TRUE LOVE: ‘Nuff said.
Note: There were many excellent suggestions that didn’t fit into the ten-limit we’d set for ourselves – the Buck pocketknife, a good book, a wood fire on a cold night, a Hohner harmonica. All of these things seem simple in their design and in their function. Chances are a follow-up post will be in order. In light of that, the “Church” will continue to accept suggestions from readers.