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CLAYTON RYE

By Staff | Apr 18, 2014

Many years ago, I was listening to a radio show that asked listeners to send their questions by mail. You remember mail – it required a sheet of paper, an envelope, and a stamp.

And much waiting.

Like I said, it was a long time ago.

I believe the radio show was called Dr. Science, and questions had to have a scientific theme.

The question I still remember this many years later went like this:

If you look into one end of a telescope, you can see stars and planets thousands of miles away. What do you see if you look in the other end?”

What a great question.

That ranks up there with another favorite question – “Are people basically good or basically bad?”

We’ll save that answer for another time.

OK, this radio show was more humorous than scientific, but I was having fun with the idea of someone trying to see something by looking into the wrong end of a telescope.

I know people whom I believe are looking into the wrong end of a telescope.

And not surprisingly, these would be people I disagree with.

Politics would be the first subject of where I suspect someone is looking into the wrong end, but it doesn’t stop there.

There are many more areas of disagreement, including day-to-day decisions, lifestyle choices and clothing selection.

But wait a minute. There is another side to this.

People looking into the wrong end of a telescope may be looking for a different way of doing something that has been done many times before with the same result.

Someone looking in the wrong end may find something no one has seen before and by putting their creative energies to work, end up with a new idea.

Remember 60 years ago, when Dick Tracy held his mouth to his wrist and talked into his two-way radio?

Well, guess what. I see smart phones are becoming wearable and where are they going be worn?

Of course, they will be worn on a person’s wrist.

We are jumping ahead to 60 years ago. Now that is progress.

Whoever designed this, while not necessarily looking into the wrong end of a telescope, was taking something that was already working and taking it one or more steps farther.

There may have been those who looked at this and said, “It can’t be done.”

It would not be the first time anyone has said that sentence.

Fortunately for us, this sentence was ignored and progress was made.

Using this line of logic, maybe there is hope for my rotary hoe or cultivator sitting in the shed that has not been used for more than 25 years.

How about harvesting and storing corn on the ear?

I am not so sure about 40-inch rows, but anything can happen.

I believe I have made my point and I am not sure if this concept can be taken any farther.

So, tell me, are people basically good or basically bad?

Rye is a Farm News staff writer and farmer from Hanlontown. Reach him by e-mail at crye@wctatel.net.

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