Sometimes you come across a preacher on a pulpit talking about what he is supposed to say, yet, probably has never experienced. You might find yourself listening to learned consultants who have all sorts of advice and expertise, yet, they have never actually worked or built in the nuts and bolts of what they are talking about. Another example is how designers design and have no idea how to make. Conversely, some builders build, that would be lost without a blueprint or plan.
As the world becomes more specialized, I am seeing gaps growing larger in larger with the common sense of life and the ability to do what one is talking about. Perhaps that is my sadness with maker spaces in the United States. The reality is a lot of people want to talk about it, yet how many know what the actual building of some idea entails.
I am trying to make venison prosciutto for the first time, so I have one hind that I have to coat in spices and lard. someone asked, “how long till can eat it?”
“probably next Christmas. about a year of time.”
“what? that long?”
“why do you think the Parma, prosciutto and serrano hams are so expensive? It is time…we can do a lot with controlled environments with agriculture and get faster yields…I don’t know yet if we can speed up the aging process with meats? the other question is, why would you want or need to?”
I will confess this verge into cured meats came because I am trying to make people happy with more venison sausage (it was so delicious) and I am remembering eating slices of cured venison in Switzerland. that was delicious as well, so I wondered, “how hard is it to do this?”
In the age of the internet and access to information, I love google. I love the reality that on the internet you can ask a question about anything and get an answer from someone. It saves a ton of time in the traditional sense of going to a library and getting out dozens of books to find one thing.
What I don’t see so much is people going out and making things. Today I wondered if the consumer society ever realized that a downside to the entire idea was that if humans consume more? That being it creating an economy for big and tall size clothing because we consume more? I don’t think that was probably in the plan for creating an economic model.
Someone asked if one could exist like the monks and I thought we would not have anywhere near the number of things and stuff to occupy ourselves, but I felt we might be a happier species and get along a bit better with each other. I don’t have any guess for how long that state could happen if no one ever looked at the flaws of humans with pride, greed, and lust for power being used for unhealthy reasons.
It is a new day, there was actually sun for a few hours, and I think it merely helped the mood. The other part is installing so many lights and dimmer switches into my friend's space. I think about how people spend time and money on stuff, and how often they neglect form and function in an area…the human senses.
I spent 30 years in the labs working on what one can do with sight, sound, and smell….it is probably why I like sitting in nature…no man-made anything…you get resent to a place where all your human noise gets filtered out!
But for now, as I wait for someone to show up for a meeting, and they are running late. I took the time to write whatever flew out of my mind this day.