Whenever you walk into a room, you notice the furniture, the pictures, the décor etc, but do you really see them?
Everything that you see in that room, was made by somebody; from furniture to décor to the floor, walls, and windows of the building itself. Somebody put thought into them, somebody extracted the resources, refined them, crafted the components, assembled them, finished them; every curve, every angle, every brush stroke, every stitch.
The things that you see in that room represent the sum total of the knowledge, skills and ability of the people who crafted those things, up to that particular point in their lives. Those people learned from other people, who had learned from other people.
Their knowledge and work represent generations of learning and development; an accumulation of knowledge, skill and effort. Look around you, look at all of the stuff that’s been made everywhere, from technology to art to parks to architecture old and new. We are surrounded by the greatness of this accumulation.
I never really noticed that till recently.