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Joy in the task

Using coffee as an example:

It is not that handmade is always best, of course. Much technology is itself a testimony to human creativity and ingenuity. Apple has got very rich through supplying technology that is beautifully designed by humans who are as gifted as the best artisans. There is plenty that we should happily allow to be mechanised, for the obvious benefits that brings. But there is plenty else we will continue to prefer to be handmade, because what matters is not just the result, but the process by which you get there. Humans are imperfect, and so a world of perfection that denies the human element can never be truly perfect after all.

The human touch is indispensable, unpredictable, and inconsistent.  That’s why the remarkable is possible. 

By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.