What is a paintbrush? A paintbrush, with parts identified, is:
Bristles: Transfer paint onto the substrate surface (the brush-y part)
Ferrule: Retains the bristles and attaches them to the handle (the metal-y part)
Handle: The intended interface between the user and the tool (the wooden-y part)
The paintbrush, above, has bristles with hardened paint gunked up on it. It has a ferrule with gunky paint hardened up on it. It has a handle with a bit of white paint smudged on it. The Purging Lutheran can not remember the last time he painted something with white paint. Perhaps a stairway railing? A facade? A stripe on an American flag? Who can remember such things? Maybe I was just painting the bristles by dipping them in the paint can. If so, mission accomplished.
“Doom to him who builds palaces but bullies people,
who makes a fine house but destroys lives,
Who cheats his workers
and won’t pay them for their work,
Who says, ‘I’ll build me an elaborate mansion
with spacious rooms and fancy windows.
I’ll bring in rare and expensive woods
and the latest in interior decor.’
So, that makes you a king—
living in a fancy palace?
Your father got along just fine, didn’t he?
He did what was right and treated people fairly,
And things went well with him.
He stuck up for the down-and-out,
And things went well for Judah.
Isn’t this what it means to know me?”
“But you’re blind and brainless.
All you think about is yourself,
Taking advantage of the weak,
bulldozing your way, bullying victims.”