Thursday, March 15, 2012

iar 302. community, authenticity, innovation, stewardship.


Meerkats live in tight-knit colonies, are very social creatures, and always seem to be on the lookout for the safety of the community. They are known to exhibit altruistic behavior and to care for each other's offspring. It is amazing how closely these behaviors resemble interactions within small human communities.


In contrast to modern representations of Ancient Egypt, the Great Pyramids at Giza are an authentic piece of its physical history. The civilization has become so iconic that symbols of its culture are instantly recognizable and appear frequently within modern contexts, including the Western world. As such, information is lost or distorted via time and distance. A visit to the actual pyramid sight (which I have not had the pleasure of accomplishing) would seem a surreal and awe-inspiring experience.


Mankind is always looking for ways to manipulate the elements of nature to suit its needs and motives, often to a destructive end. Particularly in the context of warfare between nations and people groups, innovative minds develop technologies to aid in the defense or acquisition of territories and resources; the protection of group members against attack; and the destruction of rivals. In cases resulting in outcomes such as the explosion pictured above, the natural world and its living inhabitants can be threatened, maimed, or obliterated.


A good steward takes care of what has been entrusted to him. This man is presumably the grandfather of the child, and he is taking on the responsibility of devoting time, care, and attention to what he has been blessed with. In a sense, it could be said that the man is a steward over what is not completely his; his son or daughter likely fills a parental role for the child. The concept of stewardship in regard to fellow human beings - particularly posterity - has deep implications for the future.

I've come to the conclusion that authenticity, innovation, and stewardship are all important "ingredients" in the formation of a healthy design community.

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