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Thursday , January 23 2020

Graphite pencil, rubber trees

Ahmad Al-Sarraf
Almost all people of the earth irrespective of what they know work in harmony to benefit or get benefit.  This harmony or what we call accidental coordination is often represented mainly in industries which require material which more often than not is available in one particular state.

If we take a simple substance such as pencil, we will know that there is no single state which can alone manufacture it.

The pencil which is made in France, for example, requires wood from the forests of Canada. To cut the wood we require hacksaw and the iron saw and the material for manufacturing this comes from England.

Wood is also transported by large vehicles possibly made in America. If we look at the top of the pencil we find graphite which is extracted from mines in South America.

The pencil eraser is often made of rubber, which is imported from Malaysia. The brass ring, colors and paints used in the manufacture of pencil to make it coherent and beautiful and easy to use are also imported from multiple sources.

Thus we find, therefore, that a simple product, which many people do not pay any importance to, has been subjected to the participation of thousands of skilled workers who  often do not know each other, do not speak the same language, are not necessarily committed to the same religion and may be even politically be hostile to each other.

When we make the effort and the money to buy a pencil, we actually pay for a few seconds given the time of all those people who were involved in making this pencil that was not manufactured by a presidential decree but motivated by the process of price or the prices or the so-called ‘The Magic of Price System’ which makes everyone cooperate, without prior coordination for a very small sum of money which is imposed by the free market mechanism, the most essentially, not only to pay the value of the thing, but also to create harmony among the peoples of the world.

We claim the power and the greatness and pride of origin, civilization, history, and religion, but this does not qualify us, not today, not tomorrow, to manufacture one pencil at a competitive price.

As for the rubber which is included in this article, a Malaysian man of Chinese origin and owner of a Malaysian company specializing in the development and exploitation of rubber trees told me that his grandfather founded a factory in the 1940s.

But the company was forced, by the end of the last century and the beginning of the religious tide, to get rid of many of them, who were well-trained, and replace them with non-skilled labor from China, and it was really sad to the owner. The reason is that some religious associations supported with money and preachers from our region built mosques in villages and remote cities far away from the vast rubber plantations in particular, and these have caused harm to them in the end after they became a burden on their employers for stopping for more than two hours a day to pray.

It would be sustainable if mosques were close to workplace, but with the tens of thousands of workers leaving their jobs and their fields for more than two hours a day to pray, the issue ran out of control, and required replacing them with more productive laborers.

email: habibi.enta1@gmail.com

By Ahmad Al-Sarraf


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