We sent out a beanie to someone who had been pretty stoked for a bit to receive one- however en route, their package was ripped open and though they got their stickers, their sock noggin was nowhere to be found.
My feelings on it are that of a mixed bag.
On one hand, I find it messed up, and I know it happens all the time but I still find it messed up, that any person would take it upon themselves to obliterate another person’s personal package, reach into it, and straight up jack whatever they found inside.
On the other hand, part of me finds it kind of flattering?
That is, if I don’t think about it too much.
I used to think it was awesome when my favorite bands would encourage the obtention of their music by any means necessary- pirating included.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I respected them too much to simply take their music. They worked their asses off to create an album, did the damn thing, and as such deserved to be paid for it.
“The beauty of a finely worked object points to the beauty of the craftsmanship. The beauty of the craftsmanship points to the beauty of the name which was the source of the craftsmanship. The beauty of the name of the craftsman's art points to the beauty of the craftsman's attributes manifested in that art.” -Said Nursi
I want those guys out on the front lines putting all their time and energy into their music- not wasting themselves away working jobs they don’t feel fulfilled by. I’m sure we can all relate to that in some way, whether we have a passion we’d love to make a living out of or someone else in our life we see trying to make it happen.
Sometimes we take for granted those people, the artists and tradesmen. And we need to seriously realize that the only way someone can afford to hone their craft, keep churning out the shit we love, and keep a roof over their heads is by giving them our monetary support.
Originally, I thought this post was going to be pretty funny and lighthearted but as I keep writing I see that it should be about much more than that.
We need to show more respect and appreciation for the things being made for us that we often take for granted. And we need to understand that it’s our responsibility to play an active role in the preservation of the craftsmen who dedicate their livelihood to creating them successfully, otherwise they will be lost.
If you gain something positive from the hard work of another, I think it’s pretty safe to say it’s worth paying for. Keep in mind that the resulting product is only the back-end of the story, the first part is much longer, often including the culmination and refinement of years of trial and error that you’ll never see.
The beanie you’re wearing, the music you’re listening to- do you truly value them?
Because someone, somewhere, took the time to put it all together for you.
“If you have only two pennies, spend the first on bread and the other on hyacinths for your soul.” -Arab Proverb
by Alexa Francisco
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