I put a pair of tennis shoes through the washer/dryer a few days ago and the sole came off completely. As someone who worked two summers in a shoe factory as an inspector in the 1970s, I took great personal offense at this. But while some might snarl about poor workmanship, the problem is not the workers in the shoe factory, but the management.
At this point, Keelhauled Reader, someone is bound to pop up with the old cliché about having “pride” in one’s work, but that would be uttered by someone isn’t tethered too closely to the Tree of Reality.
The vast majority of workers in the world - both American and foreign - do the best they can, given the constraints they work under and the material provided them by management, who decides such things.
Your car is subject to a recall? Management.
The local news has been reduced to Giggles, Grins and Guffaws? Management.
Less tasty ingredients in your favorite food? Management.
Your shoes or clothes fall apart? Management.
Your electronics catch fire? Management.
Only mindless pap gets played on the radio? Management.
Those at the top of the chain determine what ingredients are used, how fast you must work on the line, the format your news show must take, and what parts go into a product.
Not the individual worker, who has literally no input into any of the above.
So the next time you want to carp about lack of craftsmanship in the useless gadget in your hand, or when your shoes fall apart, don’t blame the hard-working man, woman or child who put it together. Put the blame where it really belongs.
I’m PBSing it today, listening to the CD “Public Television’s Greatest Hits,” which features the themes from Masterpiece Theatre, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers and other classics.
Now on YouTube: The gash/Voigt Theater
The Gash/Voigt Dance Theater performed at the late Women’s Festival and Conference, which was held yearly at the University of Arkansas.
Quote of then Day
"He slays his neighbor who deprives him of living: he sheds blood who denies the laborer his wages." -Sirach 34:22