I like James Bridle’s writing. Here’s an extract from a recent blog post of his called hope needs a place to perch:
To learn, to make relationships, to process, to move energy from one place to another: these are both fundamental requirements of a healthy organism, and necessary steps in building a nest for hope, for making it meaningful and actionable.
Ursula Le Guin defined technology as “what we can learn to do”. She also defined technology very broadly — a refrigerator, a computer, a fishhook, a pair of shoes — as “the active human interface with the material world.” Anything you can learn to do builds your capacity, creates agency, puts you in charge of your own life and makes it meaningful. Only then can hope settle, and be put to use.
Long-time readers of this blog will know how strongly I feel that our capacity to make things is fundamental to living a rich and rewarding life; and that underneath that capacity lie the simple daily practices that help us recognise and pay attention to change.