Nice piece John. Here’s the thing, we’ve been on an unrelenting march of productivity for most of the last 200 years. Shouldn’t we have reached the point where we can relax a bit? In my 20’s and 30’s I built flintlock rifles and wooden boats as a hobby. Nobody needs a flintlock rifle or a wooden boat. But they are works of art. Just as anything you compose with those pens is a work of art. It’s long past time, in my opinion, that we dust off the most beautiful features of our history and display them prominently again. Isn’t that what this unrelenting march of progress should have given us? The free time to pursue something of greater value than the monetary return on our investment? If we don’t slow down and enjoy the fruits of our labors how are we different from the machines we use to construct them?
I know, I’m old and past relevance in today’s world. But I miss the times when there was more to life than getting rich.