Reservoirs of Craft

Reservoirs of Craft. The phrase came to me one night upon closing my eyes to fall asleep. I took the trouble, made the effort as a sign of respect for whatever muse it is that comes too me at such moments – along with a realization from sad experience, that if I didn't write it [...]

The Gulf Between Technology and Craft

Central to the gulf between technology and craft is the frictionless quality of interacting with computers. While "dumb" tools wait mutely to be brought to life, computers hum expectantly and rush out to meet us part way. There is tremendous gratification to be had in this seeming collaboration, but it is chimerical. It is a [...]

Stone Soup, Mutual dependency, and a New Economic Order

In "The Story of Stone Soup," as Antonio Dias tells it, a wandering beggar comes upon a village. Hungry and tired, he goes to each door and is met with the same answer again and again. There is, he is told, not enough to go around, and the door, half-opened, is soon closed upon him. Nearing despair, [...]

Technology and Craft, Distinguishing Means and Ends

We talk of technologies when we believe that the means justify the ends. Craft reminds us constantly that the means are the ends. One of Krishnamurti's most powerful insights is that the means are the ends. So much for unintended consequences! There is no mystery there. What blind-sides us is our recurring expectation that we [...]

We Invest Money in Technology, We Invest Our Lives in Craft

To follow up on the distinctions brought up in From Windmills to Wind Turbines, and Back to Windmills…, There is this further distinction that applies to the basis of the fundamental rift between Technology and Craft. We invest money in technology to insulate our lives from the consequences of what we ask of it. We [...]

Growing

Life is being devoured by growth, misplaced growth, growth that refuses to admit to cycles and insists on a manic linearity that can only lead to collapse and immense destruction. This kind of growth exists in nature, it is cancer, malignancy. It is no stretch of poetic fancy to recognize the way our culture is [...]

Adjusting Expectations

Reading accounts of life in preindustrial contexts is often a lurching experience. We find so many instances where we are used to, "And we started her up and motored on through!" Where, instead days weeks, even months or years, are spent dealing with a discrete obstacle of distance, or adverse conditions such as wind, or [...]