Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Do All We Do Well

An article in the Catholic Peace Weekly by a university professor recounts her efforts in repairing an old apartment in which she lives. It's never easy to repair, reduce costs and achieve the results one wants. She needed a lot of inspiration and effort to find the information needed. She was a teacher and repairing was not something with which she was  familiar. Her efforts to learn were not made easy by the technicians, merchants and the distributors of the materials necessary.

Work which can't be seen should also be done with meticulous care. It may look alright from the outside but it can be uncomfortable and dangerous when used. In her apartment what was not seen was done shabbily and when she made this known she was told: "Who is going to see it?" Comfortableness, safety making the owner happy were not valued. 

Manufactured goods installed left much to be desired. Instead of clean, neat and delicately finished they were roughly handled. One side was done with care, smoothly and evenly, the other side was rough and uneven. What she wanted was not necessary, she was too fastidious and they reproached her. The workers would not see their work again but she will be living with it not only for 10 years but for a lifetime. She was not fussy but merely wanted a job well done.

Carelessness and dishonesty of those who make, sell and distribute can lead to a lifelong inconvenience, risk, and dissatisfaction for the user. A chair, a desk, a window when done well, finishing it delicately and honestly you are respecting and caring for those who will be using them.Technology is not only necessary for convenience sake but with the premise that we are doing this for humans. What are the implications of technology that does not respect and care for the human beings using it?

Everyone needs to have a professional outlook. This is required of all of us. With this outlook on life, we will all contribute to humanity no matter what is done. All is based on the human respect we should have for another. Repairing old shoes the craftsman should feel respect for the human being that will be using the shoes.

We need to have pride in what we do and respect those for whom we are working. More important than the 'what'  of the work is the 'how' of what we do, this will determine the value of our efforts.

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