“Reinventing the Wheel”
And now it is time for a short and sweet lesson on logic using internet memes which are short, sometimes sweet, but rarely logical.
The picture used for this post is one that has popped up a few times in recent internet meanderings. It tries to communicate the idea that based upon the “evolution” of the wheel, people have been “reinventing” the wheel for ages and we are all the better for it.
Now, I am certainly NOT a proponent of reinventing wheels as I try my best to “work smarter, not harder.” In fact, this picture is a much better representation of this philosophy rather than the one it is attacking. You should note that each successive wheel is in fact a wheel itself, but just a wheel of a different kind. In other words, starting with the first wheel, each following wheel is only a modification or improvement of the original wheel, not an entirely new invention.
I would dare say that each person who modified the preceding wheel did not see him or herself as reinventing but as improving and modifying what has been done before. This is exactly the motto of “work smarter, not harder” because each inventor did not “reinvent the wheel” but improved upon the work already provided.
In conclusion, consider this image before refuting proverbial sayings with examples that actually support the proverbial saying.