In any context, from designing a spacecraft to writing an article, quality is extolled as being vitally important. Why then is there so little of it? One would think that a trait so commonly championed would be more ubiquitous. Instead, quantity often tramples quality like a stampede of wild boars crushing a lone lady bug.
The central reason for this is that quality is more difficult than quantity. In circumstances where churning out poor quality by the tanker may be easy, something of real quality may be impossible to create.
Ex: when you’re as thoroughly stupid as I am, exertion wise, each word typed is like a thousand years spent in a concentration camp. Someone like me has two choices, I could treat every writing project as a chance to hone my skills, spending lots of time on my writing and becoming quicker and more intelligent with each article–or I could simply hammer the keyboard and shoot out drivel at 100 words per minute. As I’m sure you can tell, the path I choose is number three: quality drivel.
All this low quality infecting society has repercussions. From cups of coffee to news articles, everything that is put out for consumption that is low quality has a negative effect an society, no matter how small. If more quality stuff (to use a highly scientific word) was put out, quality of life and general intelligence would be higher for the average person.
Capitalism has been the best system so far in curbing low quality. The higher quality the product, the more reward the maker of that product receives. In today’s current complex economy this doesn’t always work correctly, but still succeeds on most levels. As well, capitalism is not an end all solution, it’s simply one step on the stairwell.
But the average person is in many ways part of the problem, usually putting out “average” (at best) quality themselves. And low quality encourages more even lower quality, people enjoy seeing how much lower they can set the bar. This creates quite a vicious feedback loop.
Therefore I implore you, before you test how much more shoddy you can do that paperwork without getting into trouble, or how little effort you can put into that software update–please, reconsider focusing on quality. Don’t do it for anyone else if you don’t want to, do it for yourself, so the world you live in will be that much higher quality. Because everything makes a difference in the end, including you.
Yours in quality,