The big year and the inner ring

The scene with Jack Black’s character and his dad when they stumble upon an owl in the woods makes me happy. That movie is a simple and profound meditation on different kinds of ambition. There is the deadly conformity of any circle that makes you lie and act like someone you aren’t, then there’s the deadly personal ambition that drives you to be the best and stand above others, and then there is the divine circle of people who purely enjoy a craft because it makes them happy and gravitate towards and pull people into a circle that C S Lewis describes in his essay the inner ring: where everyone embraces you for love of the craft and the sake of the pleasure they feel from the craft. 

(I’ve written about my fondness for handicraft forums like cigar box and homespun instruments for this reason- it’s absolute goodwill) 


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