"primitive does not mean crappy." frank sherwood drops a lot of gold nuggets while instructing classes but i think thats my favorite so far.
i thought a lot about how i could describe how elegant and highly refined in design primitive tech can be, how perfectly it melds form and function, how very much it is NOT crappy
but that is all very obvious to anyone who choses to look closely with an open mind. the examples are many and varied and i think there is something more subtle behind the statement "primitive does not mean crappy"
luckily those bright and shiny few have figured out a way to make the fruits of their labor accessible to the rest of us. a few others, sharing another type of genius whos merits are debatable, figure out how to turn it into a buck. you see where i am going with this? the rest of us are operating with the most crude, the most rudimentary knowledge of how anything works.
but then when it comes to talking about how great all of this whiz bang is suddenly "we" are all due credit. the human race is instantly united in this glorious awards ceremony and we are all winners. then, suddenly our bic lighter stops working and the whole f-ing world comes unglued because we cant light our cigarette.
"we" are not due any credit and i think we would be well off to remember that the word "we" is very often riddled with false pride. being proud of something infers some personal achievement. but what have i achieved that has elevated the human race to such admirable heights? stripped of modern convenience most of us would, very simply, die.
there is another part to the definition of primitive: "not derived. assumed as a basis". to me this speaks to that which is most fundamental. all of this "we" aside, what am I when i am stripped of everything but my own two hands?
but for now im just happy i can light my cigarette even if my lighter stops working.