On Lasting Creations: A Fundamental Human Desire
Mankind has always found definition, fulfillment, and meaning in creating things more permanents then ephemeral thoughts or the spoken word. Actually, beyond those items needed for survival (shelter, clothing) oral tradition was likely our first foray into intentionally creating something to stand the test of time.
Then we started building
- largely for societal purposes - monuments. Altars, temples, statues, the Pyramids. Not long after, art, architecture and function - castles, walled cities, The Coliseum, The Great Wall of China. And we've been there for thousands of years, through the birth and rise of industry, cross-cultural civilizations, and the dizzying landscape of modern technology.
Now we're moving
into knowledge economies - which, beyond the smallest fraction of people whom served as philosophers and government figures, is a modern phenomenon.
This doesn't negate our intrinsic human need to create something with the same amount of permanence.
Hobbies are good, but in work (or communities) influence is better.