The case for working with your hands
My bro sent me this link. A very good read, especially about the superiority complex that people have when sitting in offices, exercising nothing but their donut-lifting arm. I'm lucky in that my work here at TMF doesn't require me (too often) to sacrifice my brain at the altar of business groupnonthink. However, no amount of thinking in front of a computer can really fully satisfy that urge (considered lowbrow) that many of us have just to get something made with our hands.
Many of my hobbies are intellectual/mechanical in nature (bike repair, building custom bike parts of carbon fiber, designing custom-machined aluminum bike parts, photography) to help scratch this itch.
My favorite snippet.
As it happened, in the spring I landed a job as executive director of a policy organization in Washington. This felt like a coup. But certain perversities became apparent as I settled into the job. It sometimes required me to reason backward, from desired conclusion to suitable premise. The organization had taken certain positions, and there were some facts it was more fond of than others. As its figurehead, I was making arguments I didn’t fully buy myself. Further, my boss seemed intent on retraining me according to a certain cognitive style — that of the corporate world, from which he had recently come. This style demanded that I project an image of rationality but not indulge too much in actual reasoning. As I sat in my K Street office, Fred’s life as an independent tradesman gave me an image that I kept coming back to: someone who really knows what he is doing, losing himself in work that is genuinely useful and has a certain integrity to it. He also seemed to be having a lot of fun.