Ryder is an artist, amateur wood-worker, occasional art reviewer and critic, and a very slow reader. He does not come to conclusions quickly, continually shifting and considering until he is thoroughly exhausted… and so is everyone else around him.
Do-it-yourself is a way of thinking that engages the real world with intellect and risk. It is a form of self-empowerment and an irrational attempt at self-sufficiency.
It exists in the space between necessity and politics that has the potential to grow unique humans.
Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is a nightmare.Japanese Proverb
How did this Begin?
In 2019, during a residency in Japan, Ryder began a series of essays on the mental space from which a DIY amateur operates. Tied in with philosophy and behavioral studies, Ryder rebuts the often alleged thrift of DIY in favor of a unique, dissatisfied mindset of rational rebellion and a desire for action/agency. The texts and podcast map out ideas, philosophy, and the political implications of a community that builds without drifting into the psychosis of prepper culture.
And the Title?
Nietzsche has a manuscript called “The Will to Power” and Foucault has a series of essays called “The Will to Truth” and “The Will to Know,” and Schopenhauer has “The World as Will.” In a sardonic attempt to take a step sideways “The Will to DIY” investigates a space of attempted autonomy, empowerment, and hyper-local truth; working to push back existential angst.
In Psychoanalysis, there are three schools: Freudian (the will to pleasure), Adlerian (the will to power or superiority), and Frankl’s (the will to meaning). Considering these simplistically, Freudian psychology looks to the past to find the perversions confounding normalcy, Adlerian looks to the present for you to choose happiness, while Frankl (logotherapy) looks to the future to find meaning for surviving today.
“The Will to DIY”
A series of essays tracing a philosophical path for DIY.
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