ZAMM – intro
“There is a narrator whose mind you never leave.”
He refers to an evil ghost named Phaedrus. (Phaedrus is the Narrator’s Past Self).
There is a divided personality here: two minds fighting for the same body.
Two minds have different values as to what is important.
Phaedrus was dominated by intellectual values.
“In Phedrus’s view …. the narrator doesn’t want to be honest, just an accepted member of the community.”
“The disappearance of tools from our common education is the first step toward a wider ignorance of the world of artifacts that we inhabit.”
This book is concerned less with economics than it is with the experience of making things and fixing things.
This book advances a nestled set of arguments on behalf of work that is meaningful because it is genuinely useful.
It also explores what we might call the ethics of maintenance and repair.
“… a calm recognition may yet emerge that productive labor is the foundation of all prosperity.”
A refutation of moral relativity.