A tribe of toolmakers

by Nathan Mullings


I believe it’s Richard Feynman that once said “What I cannot create, I do not understand”. He is right in a sense, but all quotes are prisoners of their own generalisation. Taking this quote to heart helps me to come to this realisation – Not everyone has to create, and not everyone has to understand.

Being tribal by instinct, we have to work together to achieve our goals. We have roles to fulfil. We do what we’re best at (or what no one else is better at). The hunter doesn’t normally take the role of the shaman. The Chief doesn’t usually assume the role of the scout. The hunter need not know how to create a bow and arrow, they just need to know how to use them.

Stay with me here a little longer. What if the tribe has no toolmaker, or they simply need more tools for their hunters? Well, they trade with another tribe, who either has the tools going spare, or a toolmaker with a free pair of hands. See where I’m going with this? Maybe not. The point is not everyone has to create, not everyone has to understand, we just need at least one person who can. If we need more, we can trade with the next tribe.

This is why Bitsmiths was created. A tribe of toolmakers. A tribe creators. A tribe of understanders (yes I know that’s not a word, but it fit the narrative). When other tribes are lacking, we are here to make that trade easier.

I’m not disagreeing with Mr Feynman here, by the way. I guess with all quotes, the beauty is in the nuance. The toolmakers certainly need to understand by creating. The hunters do not.

Let the hunters… hunt.