The so-called rich elite are in actuality poor as well, disengaged from real human work and therefore from real human accomplishment
Robinson, Kim Stanley | Red Mars (p. 375)
I’ve taken this quote completely out of context, because it’s been so long since I read it that I’ve forgotten the context. But that’s ok, because I think it stands on its own.
I write code and talk to people for a living. And those are valuable, fulfilling, enjoyable tasks – writing code is creation, in a very literal sense. Even so, sometimes I feel like I’m “disengaged from real human work”.
Building things is fun. It’s satisfying. Handling physical objects, making things that can be seen, touched, admired, used, repaired – it’s a different kind of satisfaction – in some ways it feels more real, maybe more “human”.
Doing human work can help keep us human. Go bake some bread. Or build a chair. Or fix a door that squeaks.