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    PLEASE Read This Article;The Case for Working With Your Hands

    The Case For Working With Your Hands

    New York Times Magazine

    By MATTHEW B. CRAWFORD
    Published: May 21, 2009


    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/ma...24labor-t.html



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    Without doubt the best article that I have read in 13 years. Thank-you.

    There are some workers, in some jobs, who have to live on the edge of the divide that you describe between reality and managerial obscurity. Your article will serve as a lighthouse in a rough sea to those people. — Jeremy, Chile


    The Case for Working With Your Hands




    By MATTHEW B. CRAWFORD
    Published: May 21, 2009

    The television show “Deadliest Catch” depicts commercial crab fishermen in the Bering Sea. Another, “Dirty Jobs,” shows all kinds of grueling work; one episode featured a guy who inseminates turkeys for a living. The weird fascination of these shows must lie partly in the fact that such confrontations with material reality have become exotically unfamiliar. Many of us do work that feels more surreal than real. Working in an office, you often find it difficult to see any tangible result from your efforts. What exactly have you accomplished at the end of any given day? Where the chain of cause and effect is opaque and responsibility diffuse, the experience of individual agency can be elusive. “Dilbert,” “The Office” and similar portrayals of cubicle life attest to the dark absurdism with which many Americans have come to view their white-collar jobs....


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    Really good article, definitely worth a read.

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    Yes, a worthy read.

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    Good on you Matthew for getting out of the cubicle and finding a job that you are interested in.

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    L. Francis Herreschoff, a small yacht designer and son of Nathaniel Herreschoff (Cap'n Nat drew up at least one America's Cup winner) wrote an elegant essay on the joys of working with both head and hands.

    I do very little physical labor these days and have to find my exercise where I can (hmm, dust off teh bicycle?) but I do get to create things with my work.
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    Ain't gonna do me any good to read it, I have already done it, now I can set back and relax.

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