People like to feel like they are accomplishing something. They like to see themselves getting somewhere. From the outside, they can only judge a thing by the end product and the amount of time it took to do it. To those who've never carved a bowl, the hand carved bowl and the machine carved bowl look roughly similar. To their mind, they see an end result and calculate the time it took to make each. Without an understanding of the 'feel' of it or the subtle aspects that went into the slower version, they have no baseline for making an accurate comparison. By default, quick and easy wins to them.
D. Logan wrote:This mentality is a product of the way we live our lives now. When your life is broken into clear blocks of time (8 hours for work, 2 hours commute time total, half an hour to pick up the kids, forty minutes to cook, conference call at 10, etc) and people feel a constant rush to move from one to the next.
It's not just consumerism, it's instant 'gardens', 'music', 'craft', 'food'.....all kinds of things....go buy this list of stuff and there you are, you've made a 'garden', a 'house', a 'meal'............
Charles Tarnard wrote:I think it is consumerism, or it is directly tied to consumerism. For most, everything in our society is something you buy finished. At most it's ready to assemble. And if you're willing to pay enough you can have anything right now.
So people work longer hours at their job so they can get that money and because they don't know how to live without that job, they don't know how to budget the time to learn how to do these things for themselves. Then when you tell them they'll need to practice for the rest of the season to get to a basic level of competence, you get the blank stare of desperation.
Anecdotally, I am relatively new to permaculture and I am having a real difficult time figuring out how to step away from my job with a wife that isn't really on board with the ideas of simplifying and reducing the need for grids and those kinds of support. I know that my current gardening, craft, and woodworking skills are such that I will most likely die if I just nice to the middle of nowhere and try to live of the land. I can only imagine someone really idealizing the whole thing coming to the realization that living can be hard.