Updated: Feb 3
I was writing about something else, and wound up writing this paragraph. It's about the pride that the artisan feels, when they have practiced enough to progress their work.
There is a good kind of pride. It is where all the foundations have been well and thoroughly laid, where the practice has been endless, and where all the motions become fluid and continuous; it is where things have been done well. Having pride in one's work is about standards that are deeply personal. This sort of pride doesn’t answer to the cogs of a system or to bureaucratic measures. It is more human and less commodified. When you gso to an artisan or a craftsman you are not only buying a product - you are buying the output from their skill, practice and effort. These are not things you want get someone who doesn't take pride in their work. This is why, when you buy from an artisan, you are usually buying more than you realise. You are buying the laying of the foundations, the practice behind the motions, and the drudgery behind the creativity.