Old vs. new
Posted by marinerd on Mon, 06/07/2004 - 1:52pm.
Speaking as an Old Person, I can see how it can make other Old People (naming no names) feel badly about old skills being irrelevant. When you have to learn to do something by hand, or do it "the hard way", when technology comes along that does it faster and better it seems to diminish the sense of accomplishment we felt at learning it. Does that make sense?

On the other hand, technology isn't always what it's cracked up to be either. My grandfather made beautiful furniture by hand that's still as beautiful and serviceable as new. I could go to a furniture store now and buy a table turned out by a factory that made it much faster than he could have, but would it have as much charm or be as well-made?

But back on that first hand, I'll bet Grandpa would have loved to have had a shop full of power tools and someone to show him how to use them!
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