February 9, 2023

Appreciation of a Craft

The intersection of interests and abilities is a strange place. My natural inclination would be that it takes a certain level of personal craft, to better appreciate others. But looking at sport fans, I sense a fallacy. Many, with extreme appreciation to the craft of the sport, have limited practice on the sport itself.

A closer personal example would be handwriting. For some reason, I can appreciate beautiful calligraphy, however my own handwriting has been accurately described as hieroglyphs.

What does it mean when you recognize a craft? Does it say anything about your own level of expertise? As I consider areas in which I (think) recognize a craft, the difference between my competence and the one I admire varies:

  • Well-designed app.
  • Good writing.
  • Swimming style.

Thereโ€™s something here tied to consumption and creation, but Iโ€™m not ready to unpack it. Iโ€™ll chew on it for a few more days.

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