posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 12:10 PM
I asked myself that same question.
Before civilization people had to hunt, fish and gather fruit
Then came the first settlements and trade. Some people were better then others to do certain tasks, that skinny guy could make great tools but was
terrible at hunting, so they traded food for tools.
Trade wasn't easy, what if you wanted meat but the other guy had enough tools?
They looked for a common item that everybody wanted, like salt.( the romans sometimes used salt to pay their soldiers). Everybody had a task and
that's what they did.
As villages got bigger, the toolmaker found that the demand for his tools was higher then what he could provide. So, he gave he 'paid' someone salt
to help him.
Salt changed to gold, gold changed to paper representing that gold, the toolmakers compagny grew.
Industrialization came. Not only did he need help to make his tools, but also people to fix his machienes, take orders, and drivers to deliver his
tools. Al that organisation took so much time that he himself didn't make any tools at all anymore.
Well, you can see where i'm going with this story right?
The problem now is that we need many people to make a product, nobody feels like they really did something. How can you be proud of the car thats
being produced at work, when all you do is screw in a few bolts all day?
Nobody is really proud and the objects we make reflect that. Look at all that cheap ugly stuff we make.
(my wife is a specialist in collecting that stuff).
I think that's one reason I feel like that (and the OP)
Our disconnection from nature is another thing. we still have those instincts to hunt and gather food.
Look at football, boxing,... ect. All those sports and games are a result of those instincts still acting on us.
Same with collecting, almost all of us collected something at one time ore another, stamps, beercards, baseball cards, whatever.
So, my (humble) advice:
Get a hobby where you create things, painting, models, music,photo's...anything you can be proud of.
Start a collection.
Find a game or sport you like
Get in touch with nature. (walking, gardening)
Might help a little. But I also still feel rather useless when I have to work. My hobby's are the real me - actually, I hate the word 'hobby' - and
if I have to work, well, that's just grinding for money...