hands on

‘If we allow ourselves to see, we will more readily feel, and if we open to the river of compassionate feeling, we will more likely act.  But the call to action is the sticking point.’*

‘The larger issue here is that simulation can be a poor substitute for tactile experience.’**

Richard Sennett argues that the first industrial revolution robbed us of our hands, as machines replace human skills, and the second (technological revolution) has robbed us of our brains.  We press a button in the workplace and something happens.  But beyond this, technology is also altering our relationship with those around us and with ourselves.

We have technology that make it possible to move around quickly, or not to move at all (when we shop at home), communicate immediately without seeing or hearing each other, fit more into the day (apparently), project the self we want others to see, receive selected information rather than the whole story.

I think the deeper life journey will ask us to participate in deeper tactile, organic, “analogue” dive, one stimulating our senses and connects us with the wonder we are as creatures capable of learning perpetually, in which we both explore the silence and solitude and face-to-face spaces with others, especially others who are not like us.

(*From Philip Newell’s The Rebirthing of God.)
(**From Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman.)


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