Thursday November 11, 2004

Why not use spoons?

There's an anecdote from The Depression era...

A man is walking past a construction site where dozens of men are digging with shovels. He asks the foreman "Why don't you use a backhoe for this? It would take less time and cost less money."

The foreman shakes his head. "That may be true, but it would put all of these men out of work."

"Ah", says the other man, "If you just want to give them work, why not have them use spoons?"

The same story, with slight variations, is told of other times and places. I found one that placed it in China.

I thought of this today at the Job. As I came across the parking lot, a man was out with the leaf blower. He's there most mornings at about the same time. ...
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Why not use spoons? ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Thu, 11 Nov, 18:45 Pacific