Tom Chen

May 5, 2021

Amitava Kumar on the check mark

The check mark is Gandhi in a world built by Bezos and Zuckerberg.

I will not celebrate that blue symbol made of pixels, pretending to determine which human lives are most valuable; I’m here to reclaim the check mark in its basic form, etched by a human hand using ink or graphite. 

The check mark is more important than whatever comes of the daily work whose completion you’re marking. The first represents actual living; the second, merely a life.

About Tom Chen

A software developer living in Vermont