Monday, July 11, 2016

excellence, perhaps

I wonder if anyone else feels as I do that to mention an excellent product -- whether thought or product -- runs the risk of opening the door to 'winners' like Donald Trump who can cut the quality and improve the profit margin ... and that therefore it might be better not to mention such excellent notions at all.

The supermarket tomato springs to mind. It looks like a tomato, all wondrously red, but bite into it and you know in an instant that this is not the excellence of a tomato.

The Japanese, with the help of an American, W. Edwards Deming, turned their reduced-to-rubble economy into a power-house based on qualities of excellence that continue to this day. Perhaps some day, a Japanese person will help the United States create a similar atmosphere of excellence whose goal is not simply profit and winning.

Mediocrity is so tiring.

1 comment:

  1. Capitalists feel that all human endeavor should be for profit. It's not terribly patriotic.