The New Yorker:
Fast bikes, slow food, and the workplace wars
. . . "He writes about fixing motorcycles as an extension of philosophical investigation, a form of problem-solving that helps him understand Heidegger’s theory of skillful coping. He says, too, that fixing bikes has given him “a place in society,” as well as an “economically viable” job that won’t evaporate or get moved overseas. He more or less promises that if you get trained in skilled labor—as a mechanic, a plumber, an electrician, a carpenter—you, too, can have all that."
In his view, a cluster of cultural prejudices have steered many potential tradesmen into college, and then toward stultifying office jobs, which provide less satisfaction and less security than skilled manual labor, and sometimes less money.
. . . For Crawford, the failure to appreciate skilled manual labor is a symptom of something even worse: a narcissistic refusal to grapple with the material world. He quotes a long scene from “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” in which the narrator has a frustrating encounter with careless mechanics who can’t be bothered to correctly diagnose his bike. Crawford’s stern verdict: this is “at once an ethical and a cognitive failure.” Such mechanics show, in their disregard for the motorcycle, how little they care about their profession, and, by extension, their fellow-citizens.according to "Anon", the illustration is by Joost Swarte
The pro-craft camp deplores the
confinements of corporate life.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Why I love Print and Printers and Skilled Craftspeople
How can you beat Heidegger and motorcycles?
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