Tag Archives: Values

Ambition is Over-Rated

At lunch, the other day, a colleague of mine made the observation that in marriages where both partners are highly ambitious, they end up divorced.  It seemed like a throw-away rule of thumb, but there is a grain of truth … Continue reading

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Appreciating is Good, Creating is Better

Something occurred to me, today.  It was in relation to music.  I had the thought that knowing how to make music is so much more satisfying than being a fan of music.  I’ve been a big fan of music all … Continue reading

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The Artist’s Role in Consumerism

Compared to earlier times, most of the Western world’s middle classes are now drowning in stuff and in debt.  Their houses are too small to store it all, even as real wages have stagnated, over a period of decades.  There … Continue reading

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The Morality of Makers

Artists, artisans, architects, builders, craftspeople, engineers and designers are makers.  They make the things that the rest of humanity must live with, using the planet’s finite resources to make them.  As such, makers have a particular responsibility and duty of … Continue reading

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Wasting Your Life

In times of economic upheaval, the subject of underemployment is often raised.  In traditional economic theory, underemployment means one of three things:  doing work at less than your skill level, working fewer hours than you want to (part time work), … Continue reading

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Does Quality Matter?

Many, many years ago, I read a book that changed my way of looking at the world. The book was Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. This little book is a recounting of a road trip taken by the … Continue reading

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