Finnish brain researcher Matti Bergström had described a sociological syndrome he named "finger-blindness" in which those who had not had the opportunity to create and explore hands-on would be diminished in their understanding of the world in which they lived. Just as a blind person might be diminished in capacity to readily grasp the outward appearances of things, the "finger blind" would be blind to intrinsic value.
Too many of us are living that way now. The first question that one asks upon seeing something beautiful and useful that would enhance one's own life, build the intelligence and character in other people in our communities, and thus create "fabric" in our own lives, is "how much does it cost?'
If we were to expand the dialog and ask other, more meaningful questions, we might find ourselves leading more meaningful lives and building (or restoring) community and nation in new ways. So what are some more meaningful questions?
- What are the core values we trying to express?
- Beyond money or even without money, what do we hope to give to each other and receive from each other?
- How will this benefit our kids?
- Does this help us to understand each other and build resilience within our communities and our nation?
- Does this allow me to give more freely to others without resentment?
- How may I help others to arise?
- How may I help others to grow?
The illustration above is one of my favorites as it portrays the communication of intelligence and character to a new generation.
Make, fix and create.