Thursday, March 2, 2023

A little bit.......................

..........................about William Morris:

William Morris    Strawberry Thief    Textile Design   1883

Morris speaks to us today because, for all his seemingly disparate activities, he was never diffused.

Both practical and idealistic, Morris was prodigious in his output, but, unlike Taylor, output was not his goal.

Morris "believed that eternity resides in the unique detail rather than in some Newtonian world of infinitely reproducible parts."

For Morris, taking pleasure in one's work was the essential ingredient of a good life, and its destruction the main crime perpetrated by the factory system.

Both George Bernard Shaw and William Butler Yeats called Morris a prophet.  His genius lay in the totality of his efforts and his ability to see clearly the steep costs of an age that values the material and the efficient above the immeasurable and the human.

-As culled from Maggie Jackson's Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age

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