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Gratitude for modern day conveniences

Gratitude for modern day conveniences

At random moments, I am hyper-aware of gratitudes for modern day conveniences. Creations that affect daily patterns & relationships, machinations from the human mind which ultimately create culture... These inventions alter the hours we are awake in a day, how we work, travel, communicate over a variety of distances... We endlessly partner our bodies with external means that affect decisions which eventually will make up an entire life.

Freedom to create our own schedules, confidence there will be light in darkness, comfort in extreme temperatures, hope for a panacea when we fall out of health... Of course, living in privilege, we tend to notice these conveniences most, in their absence and we require a specialist... an electrician, a plumber, a mechanic, a doctor...

One of my favorite (and most humanizing, humbling, and inspiring) reads is Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford. Deep study into the differences between tacit & explicit knowledge, the relationship between a vocation & home lives, 'individual agency in a shared world,' our relationship with our stuff, and the importance of those who work with & understand life through the use of their hands/bodies...

If you were to look at our combined library of books, you would quickly discern which are my touchstones & which are Brian's... his are pristine-like-new, while mine are underlined & starred, indelibly marked with graphite & ink... this one particularly so... a life manual in many ways, as I reconsider how my relationship with things becomes indicative, somehow, of my contribution in this lifetime...

What has resulted after walking through a divorce and moving 3 times (in the past year!), is that the highest percentage of my portion of stuff in our shared living space, is all in daily or regular use. (Save the many perfectly round stones I've collected from travels... they stack and dot windowsills around the loft, as if to weight it down from flying away...)

As I consider what I require in this world, not just for basic human existence, but also for joy - modern day conveniences are subconscious assumptions. I look at these contributions to civilization & wonder at how my own chosen vocation can align my inquiry with what is needed in the world...

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