Inefficiency is Human ➶
I realize I say this from a position of privilege, but despite various attempts to “teach” me otherwise, I seemed to know intuitively, from an early age, that not working too much is good for the soul and for the environment, and I am glad more people seem to be thinking about this lately, during The Situation.
But inefficiency is essential security, as the COVID-19 pandemic is teaching us. All of the overcapacity that has been squeezed out of our healthcare system; we now wish we had it. All of the redundancy in our food production that has been consolidated away; we want that, too. We need our old, local supply chains – not the single global ones that are so fragile in this crisis. And we want our local restaurants and businesses to survive, not just the national chains.
Via Tim Bray, who writes:
“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” sang Leonard Cohen. And there need to be cracks in the surface of work, in the broader organizational fabric that operates the world. Because that’s where the humanity happens. You can be like the people who optimize warehouses and call the gaps “waste”. But that path, followed far enough, leads to a world that we really don’t want to be living in.
Excuse me, now. Death Stranding just finished downloading.
# Tuesday, 14 July 2020
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