The Craftsman. Richard Sennett (2009)
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“The modern world has two recipes for arousing the desire to work hard and well. One is the moral imperative to do work for the sake of the community. The other recipe invokes competition: it supposes that competing against others stimulates the desire to perform well, and in place of communal cohesion, it promises individual rewards. Both recipes have proved troubled. Neither has—in naked form—served the craftsman’s aspiration for quality.”
[op. cit., p. 28]
Sennett has a way of making you think. And think a lot.
In a subtle way, he is just saying that we went “soft”. I’m still grapling with the connection with Arendt’s “The Human Condition” he starts with in the Prologue, but I think I will get there …
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