Friday, June 12, 2009

Waving Hands

"Consider the angry feeling that bubbles up in this person when, in a public bathroom, he finds himself waving his hands under the faucet, trying to elicit a few seconds of water from it in a futile rain dance...Why should there not be a handle?"

Matthew B. Crawford,Shop Class As Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into The Value of Work

Yeah, modernity sucks! The spirited man or woman has to put up with all sort of stuff. But it hasn't broken me yet; I still wave my hands in hope of getting a few drops of water.

"Spiritedness...is the prideful basis of self-reliance."

Crawford doesn't seem to like much about the world except working on bikes and maybe doing some occasional electrical work. I get the bike stuff in a way, who wouldn't, but let's admit that it's metaphysically living off of a high-end, discretionary consumer product. I guess there's nobility in that. And I bet a lot of the bike production workers these days work in quality teams, use computers, and have some college. And at least for Harley, I think they make more money off of all their leather accessories than the actual bikes.

I'll have a bit more to say -- 50 pages to go.

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