Friday, October 3, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: How Things Are Made

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

October 3, 2008


In North America, people graduate from college and leave home -- or sometimes leave home even before that. There's no sense of home then. They begin to live out of a suitcase and get a job -- secretarial, management, depending on their capabilities. People develop an interesting relationship with reality in that way. You don't see how things are produced, what things are made out of, how things have been done. You might see a silk-screened design and like it, so you buy it without knowing anything about the process of silk-screening. Or you might buy a carpet, not knowing the weavers or the carpetry world at all. And when things go wrong, usually we call a specialist....From the modern American point of view, you can just go to the store and buy things and pick them up. That is not quite a good attitude, let alone elegance. People have to realize how things are made and produced, how they happen to be so beautiful, so lovely.
From "Discovering Elegance," in TRUE PERCEPTION: THE PATH OF DHARMA ART, pages 5 to 6.

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