Mr. Lear just read World Made by Hand by James Kunstler, and so I have it second-hand, but the story has changed me. It's about the end of fossil fuel, set in a future blown back to pre-industrial times.
In my own "made by hand" experiment, I used the kick wheel at the studio yesterday. On the electric wheel, my potting is slapstick and fast. On the foot-powered wheel, it is lumbering and thoughtful. On the electric wheel, my bowls are shaped against the power of the motor, and on the kick wheel it is just me. Making things by hand, powered by my body and using my head changes me. I need to do this more.