Made to fit a particular person
Made to individual order
Dealing in or producing custom-made articles
And my favorite:
Specially made for a particular person, organization, or purpose
The word bespoke is not so well known as it perhaps should be, and this is, in my opinion, an intentional thing.
The politicians and industrialists who run our world do not fear very many things, but they most certainly do fear the bespoke.
They fear the kid with a video camera who makes his own movie.
They fear the young lady with high skills at a graphic arts program, who tells her story through meaningful animations, frame by frame.
They fear the micro engineering firm which is creating solar systems for homeowners, which stand to decentralize the flow of electrical power, threatening utilities, Big Coal and Big Oil all in one shot.
They fear the innovator who designs a new piece of technology or process or material that disrupts an existing industry.
They fear the social worker who succeeds in lifting people out of poverty and despair, one person at a time.
And so on. In their relentless lust for power and profit, the politicians and the industrialists fear the bespoke.
I can show you the truth of how hard the politicians and industrialists work to bury the word bespoke and the concepts that it stands for.
Have a look at these words:
You know them all. All too well, you know them.
And what word or words in the English language stand as their opposite?
I can find only one--bespoke.
And most of the people you know have never heard of it.
That's what they've done to us. They've tried, and with many of us they've succeeded, in burying our individuality--our humanity--in the interest of their own selfish goals. Capitalists, communists, fascists and every other damn -ist in between--they've all done it to us. They're all bent on stamping out the bespoke, whenever and wherever they find it.
There are so many examples of this that we could write thousands of books about them. Somehow, if I had to select just one example, the one that most resonates with me is the hundred-year trajectory between the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City in 1911 that killed 146 garment workers, and the Savar Building collapse in 2013 in Bangladesh, in which 1,129 people died and 2,515 were injured. In both cases, industrialists put incremental increases in profit above the basic safety of the workers who actually created those profits for them. There's something especially poignant about how much worse the modern example was, since we like to think we've actually learned something and progressed over the years ...
And of course, communism was always even worse than capitalism. Communism starts right from the beginning with the goal of crushing the human spirit. So that brutish system provides no answer.
And thus, I have ceased seeing the essential conflict in the world as between one ideology and another. Rather, I started seeing the essential conflict as between all ideologies--and the individual. You. Me.
The essential conflict in our world is between the politicians and industrialists who pursue profit and power, versus each of us, taken one at a time. Each of us who matters--simply because we're human.