Craftsmanship: the Meaning of Life

“Manage more, supervise less.” – Bryce’s Law When I got into the work force back in the mid-1970’s it seemed everyone dressed in a suit and tie, drank black coffee, smoked their brains out, and worked their butts off. Today, golf shirts have replaced suits, herbal tea and bottled water have replaced coffee, nobody is allowed to smoke, and rarely does anyone work beyond 5:00pm. More importantly, we used to care about the work we produced; there was a sense of craftsmanship, regardless of the job. My Brother-in-law in Cincinnati conducted me on a tour of his company’s machine-tool shop years ago and showed me how he could take a block of aluminum and convert it into a high-precision machine …

Education, Meaning, Aim and Function

The process of defining the meaning of Education is to problematize its lexicology and re-conceptualize it. An example is illustrated from real day-life. A multinational company involved in the making of advanced pharmaceutical products decides to get rid of its wastes in a cheaper manner rather then waste-treat them. They dump the wastes around the coast of a poorer African continent based on the company’s policy of maximum profits. Are the board of directors in the company educated? They are, one can assume for rhetorical comfort. An illiterate, native-tribe living in the rainforest jungles of Papua New Guinea doesn’t know the meaning of Environmental jargon: ‘Reduce, Recycle & Reuse’; yet, they conserve and sustain the environment, based on the level …

Kill Your Darlings – The Real Meaning and Value of This Concept for Writers

“In writing, you must kill your darlings.” – William Faulkner This kernel of wisdom imparted by an accomplished author is often misunderstood. How writers should correctly grasp this valuable concept and implement it in their work will be covered in this article. Faulkner’s homicidal-sounding choice of words grabs immediate attention. It is obvious that he is telling authors that they need to kill things that they love, and the words chosen indeed represent the gut-wrenching feeling authors experience when executing such a task. The wording may seem harsh, and for writers it is honestly a very personal and often difficult rule to follow. In order to correctly embrace the concept it is important to open your eyes to the actual …

Meaning in Art, Especially Writing

It has been perhaps two hundred years since the poems of William Blake marked an important stage in the Romantic Period of literature. Although Blake favored illuminations, and such fantastic imagery was used later also in the work of Coleridge (famous for his own poem, Kubla Khan, reportedly inspired by an opiate dream), Romanticism is noted especially for its discovery of darkness, what became sooner or later to be known as the depths of the group unconscious, the psychological force, and within philosophy what are called natural kinds, a concept about which (according to thephilosophers.com) few important discoveries have yet been made. The territory remains mysterious. Although it may seem both simplistic and peculiar, the idea that dark and light …