Friday, January 15, 2016

PAUSE FOR THOUGHT - A DONE THING IS BETTER THAN A PERFECT THING


DONE THING BETTER THAN A PERFECT THING



I keep hearing this sentiment passed around in different circles (from nieces and nephews talking about schoolwork to colleagues talking about manuscripts, to co-workers where I used to work, to crafters), in all walks of life:

A done thing is better than a perfect thing.

I call bullshit on that one.  Something doesn't have to be absolutely perfect, but the garbage that passes muster these days doesn't even come close. 

A done thing is better than a perfect thing.  

  • Tell that to anyone who's had their car recalled (especially anyone who had a serious accident because they weren't notified in time). 
  • Tell that to anyone who's had a heart attack because the medicine that they were prescribed hadn't been tested enough. 
  • Tell that to women who had deformed babies when they took thalidomide because the drug was under-researched. 
  • Tell that to people who developed cancer from cyclamates.
  • Tell people who, on a day to day basis, by inferior products because of the slipshod work ethic and bottom line mentality prevailing in manufactories today. 
  • Tell that to anyone who's read a book full of page after page of awkward sentences and spelling errors that distracted them from a good story.

If you raise your children with this mentality, they will carry it out into the world and do everything half-assed starting with doing the dishes at home for Mom and Dad, right on up to producing inferior products (if any at all) to raising the next generation of slackers. 

This erodes the very fiber of our society and in turn lowers our reputation worldwide, and the self-esteem of our population. 

Lowering the bar on a regular basis weakens Americans and makes us a laughing stock.  All because one schmuck somewhere down the line decided to be lazy and coined the phrase "a done thing is better than a perfect thing." 

For one person, that could be shrugged off.  For an entire population, no.  It's a death knoll.