The pencil that killed mankind

As I was drawing the process of making a pencil, I reflected on the pros and cons of producing pencils. It was surprising to me learning all the waste and inefficiencies, like transportation of materials across the globe, in making a pencil. I wondered whether the net effect was a positive or a negative for the invention and production of a pencil. I thought of all the manuscripts passed both horizontally (from one group to another) and vertically (from a generation to the next), transporting knowledge and messages. I surmise over the years, with industrialization, both accessibility and wastefulness of pencils have significantly increased. I don’t think, as the larger human species, we benefit at an increased rate from higher production of a pencil as its negative impacts are to our environment. It is evident nowadays more than ever, as we spend more time inside due to the pandemic, environmental issues take a back seat to all other issues. I am by no means suggesting less attention should be devoted to different issues; rather, we as humans must come together and take care of the only planet we can survive on. Otherwise, there will be no resourceful planet left to sustain life. By the end of my drawing, I felt as our planet, through the pencil, was screaming for help. Thus ending my reflection with a pencil on fire to exemplify a pertinent message that if we ignore our planet, there may be no planet left, signified by the tombstone for humankind stating the reason for demise as the destroyer of Earth. In summary, this lesson reminded me to pay attention to our planet.