Imo, one of the most damning aspects of capitalism is that it encourages people to have consumptive hobbies over creative ones.

It actively seeks to bar people from doing things like cooking, or writing, or making pottery, or anything else of that nature. Activities in which you are making something

Things like that are made either too expensive (in terms of money, or time, or both) or framed as something not worth wasting time on, because you can't support yourself doing art/writing/etc

Inversely, consumptive hobbies are encouraged to excess, despite being far fewer. Hobbies where the whole point is Getting Things, and Having Things. Wether that be shopping for clothes, or spending hours and hours consuming contents you can gain an encyclopedic knowledge of a movie or series, or collecting all ten thousand of those god damn funkopop figurines.

Things like that, where at the end of the day all you really have is a lot less money, and a lot more stuff that you didn't make.

In a capitalist's ideal world, everyone would have consumptive hobbies, and no one would have creative ones. This slots cleanly into their worldview of having everyone define their identity by what they consume, so that there will always be things to sell, and whatever's being consumed or sold is wholly irrelevant.

Thankfully, this is impossible. There's not a force on this Earth that can stop people from consuming things, and even with the artificial barriers capitalism has created, many people still do have creative hobbies, because creating things is enjoyable and satistfying on a deeply human level. Consuming things is not.

This is part of why I think it's so good to create things. It lends a deep satisfaction that literally cannot be bought or sold, and that's the kind of thing that makes capitalists tear their hair out. Think about how many things you otherwise wouldn't have wanted if you hadn't been barraged with ads and media and such, telling you that You Should Want These Things, literally every day you've been alive. Self-satisfaction is the penicillin to capitalism's disease.

So go! Spit in the eye of those who would have you lie consumptive and dead, another listless source of profit! Bear the power of your own hands, and the ten thousand year legacy of humanity's shared desire to make! Revolt! Create!

@Dayglochainsaw so much this! We keep having people in our hackerspace who say “Why are you building this yourself? You can just buy it. It's also cheaper if you count in your time. How much are you paid per hour? It's never worth it.” Like, isn't building things yourself the point of a hackerspace?!


I've really internalised this attitude to a frustrating degree regarding electronics and software projects. It's a real barrier to learning to feel like I have to constantly be doing something innovative rather than just doing something fun or that already exists

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