Explore furthermore benefits of being involved in craftsmanship
Humm, I asked you what sort of things you like to learn, because I suspected - I made the hypothesis - that someone so prone to learning must be very curious, and also a good observer.
Of course, if you work in the area of information technology, your main interest will lie there.
But you talk about your children, you care about the legacy you are building not only for one generation, but further generations. So this means - another hypothesis - that you care about values a lot. Your legacy isn’t just about giving your children money when you die.
So I suspected that there was a much deeper layer in you, that you might not necessarily yell on rooftops, or you might not even be aware of how rich your inner world really is.
Richard Sennett’s previous book was “The Conscience of the Eye”. He is a professional sociologist-philosopher. I haven’t read his books (you inspire me to read them). From what I understand from the book reviews, Sennett seems to be arguing that while we are working, submerged processes of thought and feeling are in progress. Doing our own work well would enable us to imagine larger categories of “good” in general, according to Sennett.
That is interesting… Being dedicated to one’s work would lead to become enlightened? (according to Sennett). We can make a link between Sennett’s views of finding happiness in work, and the statistics of disengaged workers, causing considerable losses to the global economy.
Can the craftsman’s lifestyle and philosophy help us - as a society - to regain happiness and well being?
I invite you to read Nadia’s mission report about practical resilience, http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/practical-resilience/mission_case/making-living-autonomy-and-resilience. Get in touch with Darren http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/users/darren. He suggested: “I think that by being involved in the production process you get to appreciate more fully the effort/energy involved in the production and therefor are likely to value what is made more. The ideas I explored in my mission ‘community agriculture’ are influenced by this thought. I could see similar benefits by having similar structures for production of things other than food.” It would be interesting to see a discussion between you and Darren in Nadia’s mission report about being involved in craftsmanship… Or even better, post a new mission report about the benefits of being involved in craftsmanship, and ping Darren on his Edgeryders page to come discuss with you there?