Expectations and the Literal Thinker

I cannot even express how much this speaks to me. I have been reprimanded for not being willing to make extensive working drawings of furniture for a lazy half-wit on more than one occasion. My Vardo building pages have been attacked by the entitled internet Anons for not being able to state in exact measures how many fasteners will need to be purchased to build their own project. I was loudly scolded for not making an exact dimensional cutting list for the thousands pf pieces that make up the project, and so on and on and on.

“Close your mouth, open your mind, get off your ass and put a little effort into life. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish” says it all.

HILLBILLY DAIKU

In the past few days there has been a, lets call it lively, discussion over on Paul Sellers’ Woodworking Masterclasses forum.  Generally speaking, the entire thing centered on two complaints voiced by a single member.

The first complaint was that the when and why of which joinery to employ was not being directly addressed.  The second complaint was that the woodworking instruction was not directly addressing how to design a piece of furniture.  While these issues are technically correct, all of the information is there in Mr. Sellers’ videos and blogs for those willing to observe, think and extrapolate for themselves.

For some reason society in general has shifted to an absolute literal way of thinking.  Every step and element of a process must be spelled out in order for people to understand and perform that process.  Here is an example from my workplace:

An employee was told to sweep the floor in his…

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee fiddler...mostly
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One Response to Expectations and the Literal Thinker

  1. I literally watched a teenager argue with an older employee of the local supermarket saying he was told a certain garbage can would be in a certain place and he wouldn’t empty it until it was. The younger employee was standing there doing nothing, waiting for the older employee (who was so busy he couldn’t get a break) to move the can 10 feet.

    I was so disgusted that I wanted to go in the deli and move the can myself.

    I used to work in a school for boys where the motto was: “Seek responsibility, and take responsibility for your own actions” I struggle to think of a better and more succinct philosophy of life.

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