We were always a little envious of machines; they never broke a sweat or got tired. We never felt like making art after a massive day of chores and errands; the algorithms, though? As long as they had power, they would keep cranking along.

We think their inability to feel fatigued is why the machines couldn’t see the character in the imperfect. Humanity, on the other hand? We could stare at that orange patina, and some part of our subconscious will relate; we’ve been there and felt that.

Use the comments to complete the following, “Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we _____.”

A photo of a large sculpture depicting imperfections filled with character, crafted by Anthony Caro, digital art