The dignity of housework

"How wonderful it is to really become once more the inventor of a mechanical action! And so, when [one] rubs a piece of furniture — even vicariously — when he puts a little fragrant wax on his table with the woolen cloth that lends warmth to everything it touches, he creates a new object; he increases the object’s human dignity; he registers this object officially as a member of the human household."

Gaston Bachelard on the Meditative Magic of Housework and How It Increases the Human Dignity of Everyday Objects | Brain Pickings