While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings. And if the civilized man’s pursuits are no worthier than the savage’s, if he is employed the greater part of his life in obtaining gross necessaries and comforts merely, why should he have a better dwelling than the farmer?
Henry David Thoreau Walden
A man is harder to build than the home in which he dwells. I’ve always wanted to build a house. In high school, I’d plot out cool open-plan homes that had all the things I wanted. When I did the calculations it was turning out to be a 4,500-5,000 square foot monster.
As I look at the possibility now, still wanting to build a home, the realities of life and loving others holds more priority over the trappings of show horses. A functional space that meets essential needs and room to be useful to others. Our home is to be about building relationships and people. Training and loving them.
It doesn’t matter where your house is, but rather are we using it to build noblemen and kings.