The more I visit and meet rural people, the higher my respect for their knowledge rises. It amazes me that we from the cities and academies regard them as uneducated, illiterate and "subjects" for our "expert" inputs. Much of their knowledge and expertise is not in the form that we would recognize (as in "notice") or recognize (as in "award"), because it is embodied. However, they are masters at being resourceful, innovative, living light and being content—what else could one ask for? And isn't it ironic that despite our high knowledge and technical expertise, we are struggling to achieve precisely the same ends?
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Strategic Design, 3-Dimensional Design
Member since October 26, 2007
In recent times, I have been reflecting on the extent of dominance of modernist thought and ideas in design, and its still-pervasive influence. One of the most serious flaws perpetuated by modernism was its decisive rejection of (anything from) the past. Perhaps that was justified at the time of modernism's emergence, but looking back nearly a century later, we can certainly see how dumping all forms of traditional knowledge, wisdom and practices and privileging scientific positivism and an industrial aesthetic has led to so many of the crises we face as a planet today.
I would like to hear from you: what are your ingrained attitudes (not your informed and reflective opinion, mind you) towards: (a) tradition/ the past? (b) physical labour? (c) a basic, close-to-nature lifestyle? (d) prioritising spiritual and shared human values over material & sensory gratification and individualism?
Posted October 31, 2007