Why build something new when the old is working just fine?

Why build something new when the old is working just fine?

The decoration in a restaurant that has past its time, but is there because the owner thinks ‘there’s nothing wrong with it.’

A textbook that has not been revised since its first edition, because ‘the logic is still the same.’

The old rugs with dust stains in a store still being sold for its original price, because ‘that’s how much it should cost.’

‘Old doesn’t mean it should be replaced,’ is the idea behind all these decisions (or rather, the lack of which).

Sometimes, this is true.

The Eiffel Tower is still iconic today as it was when it first premiered at the 1889 World Fair. The Eiffel Tower ages like wine – the older, the better.

Any new building trying to be the modern Eiffel Tower in the form it was first created will probably not meet up to its glory.

But there are also times when the old should be replaced, or at least revised.

An old vending machine with outdated labels and choices of drinks would sit well with a collector, but not with people who want a drink today.

‘Is it clean?’, ‘I don’t like what it offers’, ‘Why is it so old?’ are some thoughts that arise when people pass by a vending machine like that.

In its heyday, it might have attracted a few thousand people every day, but if you left it exactly as it was when it started, a few passersby might notice it, if you’re lucky.

But what if that space still belongs to you? Every day you leave the old vending machine there you make a loss.

Replace the labels, change the menu – or better yet, change the whole machine. And you might draw crowds again.

Sometimes, old is functional, beautiful and even more efficient than new.

But never mistake old for better.

In fact, most of the time, old is old and you need something new to attract people again.


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