Clarity. Simplicity. Elegance. These fundamentals are all in short supply. But are they in high demand? As far as we can tell, hardly a soul among us gives much of a rip about any of them. Instead, nearly everyone wants things to be more muddled, more complicated, and more crude with each passing day. That’s where the high demand is.
One can always meet the perils of overweening bureaucracy with pretend happiness… [PT]
For example, executing and delivering work in accordance with the terms and conditions of a professional services contract these days is utterly dreadful. The real work is secondary to fake work, trivialities, and minutia. Superfluous paperwork and an encumbrance of mandatory web-based tools are immense time and capital sucks.
While each T & C may have been developed for one good reason or another, over time, they’ve piled up into something that’s an unworkable mess. But like tax law, or local zoning codes, they must be followed with arduous rigor.
Crushing futility… [PT]
What’s more, many livelihoods depend on all the fake work that’s now built into what should be a simple contract. Auditors, contract administrators, accountants, MBAs, spreadsheet jockeys, risk managers, and many other fake professionals, run about with rank importance. What would happen to these plate spinners if the fake work disappeared?
Without all the unnecessary rigmarole, the unemployment rate would quadruple overnight. Hence, like fake money, fake work is piled on by the boatload to stimulate the need for more fake work. And like a handshake agreement – or sound money – the return to an era of greater clarity, simplicity, and elegance is mere wishful thinking.
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