Tuesday, December 25, 2007
THE HIGH COST OF WORKING
The best teachers I’ve had in my life are those who planted seeds viable enough to sprout nourishment in the most fertile occasions for life lessons. The idea that the big lesson must be one of self discovery, no matter how interesting and fact filled the lecture, is a carry over from days when 95% of the population lived lives of physical activity using skills acquired by apprenticing to a working mentor so that the lessons all made immediate sense through living examples, from carpentry to stalking game. Classrooms and teachers can only offer the experience of proving that one remembers the facts of the lecture with little assurance that relevance to ones life is grasped until well after graduation. The next best thing to apprenticeship is having a teacher who employs knowledge of the subject in daily life as a primary livelihood and is, therefore, also a mentor in the classroom.
The best art I have ever seen has enhanced the way I am able to look at everything from from that moment on, or bugged me until it did so further on down the track of time. One piece that bugged me for most of my life until the cosmic humor of the scene, adequately depicted by unexceptional oil painting technique, finally broke through my chronic perturbation. Although it may have been obvious to the entire rest of the world already, I enjoyed realizing for myself that humorous beauty of dogs playing poker was the high irony of dog’s inability to hide their emotions well enough to ever be able to bluff … a prerequisite to poker is lying!
Not that it is art work, but there is something that has bugged me like the poker playing pooches. With the obvious savings gained by not needing to supply office and parking space, insurance or food for employees who could work just as efficiently from computer at home as they ever did in their cubicle, in addition to the good sense to eliminate commuter traffic wherever possible — with all that, why have corporations not jumped on that bandwagon to the bottom line and stockholder profit? I think I have finally caught on to them and it is just as insidious as the rest of the ruinous practices of capitalistic excess: corporations’ greatest enemy are individuals who think for and are useful to themselves which, allowing them to work from home at their own pace, will allow them to discover in the much more encouraging, entrepreneurial setting. The mass hypnosis will break down if the mini patriotism of corporate loyalty to product necessity is seen for the propaganda it is when viewed from the fractalized perspective of the individual. If the savings do not balance out the loss of profitable loyalty they must be pretty worried about their secret.