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Wisdom Coupon, “All Things Shining”

“The task of the craftsman is not to generate the meaning, but rather to cultivate in himself the skill for discerning the meanings that are already there. But there is more to this phenomenon as well. For it is not just that the wheelwright can discern a few distinctions; his understanding of the wood is detailed and rich…Indeed, the truly skilled craftsman understands that every piece of wood he works with is distinct and has its own personality, its own individuality. Each piece throws up different obstacles than the last, or makes possible approaches to it that the previous pieces did not. To be a true master of the wood, one must be able to recognize precisely how it requires to be worked…The master workman will rarely do the same thing twice.” — Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly, All Things Shining

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