This is a short follow-up to an earlier post on ethics and morality and was prompted by a couple of events. One, was a discussion I had regarding digging deeper into what constitutes the core of my ethical framework. The other was another timely podcast from Sam Harris (it came out just before the election, but I hadn't seen it until this week) titled "What is Moral Progress?".
This post accompanies the new 'Knives' page I set up and, as written there, is the start of a new phase of the journey. I've completed the batch of knives (and more recent update) started last year (the OP-01: Paring Knife) and shipped them out to the non-local recipients; it took longer than anticipated, but mostly due to external factors.
The filing fixture that I designed and created for this batch didn't really work out, and I intend to change the production method significantly going forward. I'm planning on moving to a bench-top belt-grinder for the shaping of the knife profile and handle shape as well as blade beveling and finishing. New knives will still be hand made by myself, however the effort and time can be better used elsewhere.
While I have a grinder picked out, I'll be taking a slow approach to get there. Its cost is too great to justify its outright purchase; additionally, I'll need to work on my work-space as well and that will give me time to figure out what I'm doing and how I want to arrange things. Planning is always a good thing.
Anyway, that was a short introduction to say that I'm planning on creating new designs, to make more knives, for people other than myself. This last batch was made up of gift-knives. In the future, once I get my work-space situated, I intend to take on commissioned work, and sell some 'standard' designs (such as the aforementioned paring knife) as well.
This will not be a full time job, but more of a funding the hobby (a.k.a.: trying not to go broke) and trying out new things.
Wandering around Target last night (I know, it's foolish of me to be frequenting commercial establishments this close to X-Mas), and I stumbled across this genetic anomaly. Somewhere in a dark corner of some research lab, someone decided to create a mannequin with an arm growing from the groin rather from the shoulder (like the other mannequins). Target was, sadly, unable to provide proper clothing for him, but at least they showed compassion and gave him shelter from the cold.
I first saw To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) as a child. I always liked it and had a sense of it being important. I knew that the character of Atticus Finch had stood up to his neighbors for what he believed to be right. Re-watching it recently renewed that sense, but also the extent of his stand and his views within the context of society were made clearer.
This is a story about morality, standing up for one's principles, social convention and what it means to break them, thinking before acting, and leading by example. The film centers around his children Jem and Scout and their summer-friend Dill, narrated by a reminiscing Scout. Watching the actions and reactions to the children are just as important as that of the adults in the story.
In times of turmoil and uncertainty, it's good to ask questions of yourself. To figure out one's motivations and reasons for actions.
Luckily, this time, the context is much different.