Engine of More: The Maker Monk
The Maker Monk*: more of a personal journey to seek a utopian, recognisedly unobtainable ideal as a maker and as a person through a series of personal challenges and approaches to thinking. Whilst aiming to be accepting and not judgey, it’d also promote the idea of challenging ones self out of comfort zones and taking joy from the achievement of climbing your own personal Everest. Coping mechanisms, rules of thumb and outlooks on life. This is the hardest one to write because I can’t think of a good title hence the *, I’m uncomfortable with the connotations of monk, with the idea of seeking excellence and with the idea that I of all people could suggest any of it. This sort of work would be heavily influenced by Stoic philosophy and the idea of trying to achieve the unachievable Stoic ideal. It would borrow heavily from Zen and Epicurean philosophy and other modern approaches to living a good and content life whilst remaining a life-long student and a collector of skills. * I don’t like the word monk it implies male and religious.
This is a blog post relating to Friday’s list of 4 book idea, this is idea number 4. First things first I do not like the word monk. It has way too many connotations. First off, I’m pretty sure it refers only to men, even if it doesn’t I think the usage is primarily for men and most people will think it means men. The second is religion, most obviously. I’m not entirely opposed to religion, but I am an atheist. I rather think religion is somewhat spoiled by the superstitious that have to go with it
In respect for the fact that these “10 minute” daily blogging is taking more like 2 or 3 hours, I’m going to cut and paste (with some sanitising) some notes I wrote on the topic last year.
I blame #Makevember for this. #Makevember has caused me to explore a few themes about how we as humans think about making and sharing what they’ve made and what it means to do either. Its made me think about the difference between done, good-enough and perfection and how we reflect on that personally and how we engage with others whilst making and the stories we tell ourselves about it and the stories we share about it and how or why we share them.
I’ve included a lot of talk about the body and health in there because I think that too is important, though I’d want to speak to a differently able maker about this too to make sure I fully understood any privilege and challenges I’m overlooking. I want being a maker monk to be accessible but also hard, equally for everyone in different personal challenge ways. In 2017 I started doing a lot more physical exercise and training and have found it wonderful for a feeling of well being and achievement.
In a nutshell I’m not ready to write this book and I don’t know what I’d call it if I did. The Mindful Maker?
The thumbnail is Mythbusters Jr co-host Rachel Pizzolato posing as Rosie the Riveter with a 3D printed Rosie behind her at World Maker Faire New York 2018. Photo by me. All the photo thumb nails are by me. I’ll do a post on all of them at some point as mostly they’re from the maker world.