In philosophy, poiesis is :
“The activity in which a person brings something into being that did not exist before”.
In itself, nothing, but I sensed around it a possible source of tools.
Paul Valéry – a French poet – in 1937, used this word in a more precise way :
To study the conditions of the generation of a work of art.
Ain’t it interesting? There’s meta here, of course. And I love to blog about… how, when and why we blog.
On Wikipedia I found this intriguing thing :
Dreyfus and Dorrance Kelly urge each person to become a sort of “craftsman” whose responsibility it is to refine their faculty for poiesis in order to achieve existential meaning in their lives and to reconcile their bodies with whatever transcendence there is to be had in life itself:
“The task of the craftsman is not to generate the meaning, but rather to cultivate in himself the skill for discerning the meanings that are already there.”
Ooohhh! Well, this could be one string of my harp, here, right? Seeking patterns and showing/sharing them is this.
What do you think? Where is your “skill to discern meaning that are already there”? Do you use it? Why? What can it bring? Why is it interesting to study the way you work? Progress of course, but what else? Extension? Limitation? Effectiveness? Teaching it?
Thanks for reading!