When we read Scripture without the awareness of the larger frame, we are apt to read it wrongly. We will pay attention to the wrong things, and thereby miss other things that we should notice. We always come with assumptions and presuppositions – but are they the right ones? In “Shop Class as Soul Craft,” Matthew Crawford writes,
“Blue printing is an extremely time-consuming process, and it is difficult to say where careful assembly ends and blue printing begins, since rebuilding old motors involves lots of measuring and judging to begin with. The wear of each part must be determined so you can calculate whether tolerances are within spec. This involves visual inspection as well as measuring: the skills of an engine builder are in good part forensic.
“Root causes manifest as patterns of wear, and knowledge of these patterns disciplines the perception of an engine builder; his attentiveness has a certain direction to it. He is not just passively receptive to data, but actively seeks it out. Pursuing one hypothesis, Chas looked for mushrooming at the tips of the valve stems.. Sure enough, some of the valve stems were slightly bulged out at their tips. Previously I had held one of these valves in my hand and examined it naively, but had not noticed the mushrooming. Now I saw it. Countless times since that day, a more experienced mechanic has pointed out to me something that was right in front of my face, but which I lacked the knowledge to see. it is an uncanny experience; the raw sensual data reaching my eye are the same before and after, but without the pertinent framework of meaning, the features in question are invisible. Once they have been pointed out, it seems impossible that I should not have seen them before.” 90-91