This essay was first published on April 15, 2009 in the Italian journal Il Covile (No. 507). It appears here for the first time in English and is translated from the Italian by the author.
Author’s note: For a more detailed discussion of “making wholeness heals the maker, ” see pages 262-270 of Book 4 in Christopher Alexander (2001-2005), The Nature of Order, 4 Vol. (Center for Environmental Structure, Berkeley, California). For a recent article that develops some of the themes touched upon here, see Mark Anthony Signorelli and Nikos A. Salingaros, “The Tyranny of Artistic Modernism,” New English Review, (1 August, 2012).