Why We Make Things and Why It Matters

"The good life that society prescribes—the untrammeled pursuit of wealth and fame, leisure and consumption—often leaves some essential part of us malnourished. We may be capable, competent individuals, yet find ourselves starved for avenues of engagement that provide more satisfying sustenance."  ~Peter Korn Recently I had the pleasure to read, "WHY WE MAKE THINGS AND WHY IT MATTERS: THE EDUCATION OF A CRAFTSMAN" by Peter Korn.

Why We Make Things and Why It Matters

The title appealed to me because I recognized just how happy I was to get back to act of creating. Writing. Woodworking. Drawing. Playing music. Even though my foray back into this life was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to a soul-crushing corporate cubicle, I'm glad for it. But I digress.

I enjoyed this well written and introspective book. It's not a "how-to" book by any means. As one reader put it, "Korn explores the fundamental reasons why he and other artistically inclined hobbyists and professionals passionately devote themselves to their craft, often for little recognition or monetary gain."

Doing something just for the love of the artistic process itself, holds such meaning for me.

Check it out at Amazon or the Author's website.


How has the act of creating impacted your life? Or, is this something you'd like in your life, but keep putting it off?

Leave me your reply, I'd love to hear from you.  Cheers!