“Human Beings cannot seem to live without family ties in some way.
Family is a power that goes beyond all of us as individuals.”
— The Anonymous Craftsperson
The First Element of learning and practicing life-as-a-craft is your Family Heritage. Your Family is alive with a past, a present and a future. It is the place from which Human Beings emerge and connect to in some form all the days of our lives. Who you are and who you become is greatly influenced by your connection to Family. It is the basis of who we first see ourselves to be. We begin our training here in life-as-a-craft.
To master this first Element requires the knowledge and understanding of your Family’s past, present and its path toward the future.
Continuing development of your family heritage is an important part of building a strong foundation for your life and the next generations. You may have a rich tradition that is yours by birth right into your family and you should contribute to that tradition and be proud of it.
These are just a few of the many Family Heritage topics for you to learn:
1. Ancestry — also known as Genealogy and your family tree
2. Family Rituals (special things you do as a Family)
3. Family Symbols (a Family emblem or Coat of Arms)
4. Family Name
5. Family Heirlooms & Memorabilia
To begin, let us ask “What is a Family?” To us, a family is a collection of people who are joined in a relationship that is based upon a promise of faithfulness. Examples of family relationships based on promises are the marriage vows two members of different families make publicly to join with one another to build a new branch of their family trees.
However, there are many examples of families which are formed by people who are not married to one another in the traditional or legal sense. Marriage forms one kind of family. A pledge of faithfulness can form families of another type. And, even after pledges have been broken, or formally cease to exist, the ties which create a family are often difficult to erase. They have made their mark upon our lives.
Human beings cannot seem to live without family ties in some way. Family is a power that goes beyond all of us as individuals. In some sense we are all part of the same family, the same tree. A tree of many branches with fruit of many colors and shapes. This means that every tribe, every clan, every people of every nation are somehow, in the end, all relatives in the family of humankind.
Element 1: Family Heritage Related Articles
The First Element of Life-as-a-Craft is your Family Heritage. Your Family is alive with a past, a present and a future. It is the place from which Human Beings emerge and connect to in some form all the days of our lives.
Your Family History
“I made up my mind to learn from the masterpieces created by our ancestors.” — Xu Xiutang Teapot Craftsman
Your Family Group
A thorough knowledge of your family is an important part of building a strong foundation for your life. You have a rich tradition that is yours by birth right into your family.
“To distinguish and set apart one’s clan or tribe or to introduce unique character into one’s household is not a modern idea,…subtle works of good taste are now and always have been appreciated.” — Ruth Dayan, Craftswoman