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The first genius idea was the invention of paper. A sheet of paper begins with raw wood, which is made up of fibers. Other types of plant fiber can also be used to make paper, such as cotton, flax, bamboo, and hemp. Cotton fibers are used to make paper money. The majority, 95% of the raw material used to make paper, comes from trees. Raw wood must be turned into “pulp.” Mechanical pulping use machines to grind wood into chips then into pulp. The short fibers created by grinding leads to weak paper most suitable for newsprint, phone books, or other types of low-strength papers. Then chemicals were used to make stronger papers that can carry some weight as paper bags. Multiwall paper sacks used as containers for fertilizer, animal feed, sand, dry chemicals, flour and cement. Many have several layers of sack papers with plastic film, foil, or polyethylene coating to make the paper water-repellant, insect resistant, or rodent barrier. Still, paper bags are not, in itself, waterproof. Thus, there is a limit to its reuse. This genius idea was found to have squandered the trees in the forest.
To save the trees, plastic bag was invented. Used by consumers worldwide since the 1960s, it was believed to be the genius idea that would save the trees. Since then, plastic bags became common for carrying groceries and wrapping items. Plastic bags replaced paper bags, plastic items replaced glass, metal, stone, timber and other natural materials. In time, this genius idea was found to be so durable that each year discarded plastic end up as waste. The same reason that made plastic bags successful clogged drainage systems to cause flooding. Carried by ocean currents, it became hazardous to marine animals. Recently, laws have been enacted to ban or severely reduce the use of this genius idea.
After the Chinese invented gun powder in the 9th century, it came to Europe. It wasn’t long before hand-held guns were invented. That was a genius idea to counter the spears Native Americans can hurl faster and farther using their arms alone. The Native Americans also used bow and arrows for long range targets. When the string is released, the arrow is propelled towards its destination. Fast forward to this century, the genius idea of the gun is now used on women and children, non-combatant civilians for senseless and unprovoked murders.
“I well know, O Jehovah, that to earthling man his way does not belong. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” (Jeremiah 10:23)