On Labor Day 09/07/20
A modern society cannot function without a social division of labor and a reliance on experts, professionals, and intellectuals. (For the moment, I will use these three words interchangeably.) No one is an expert on everything. No matter what our aspirations, we are bound by the reality of time and the undeniable limits of our talent. We prosper because we specialize, and because we develop both formal and informal mechanisms and practices that allow us to trust each other in those specializations.
Nichols, Tom. The Death of Expertise (p. 14). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.
This interdependence has become more visible as we visit our grocery stores and they are out of toilet paper, flour, Lysol disinfectant wipes.
The minimum wage workers are not stocking the shelves because the warehouse people and the drivers have not delivered the goods because the producers are not producing products because they can’t obtain the raw materials and we experience a WTF moment. We become humbly aware of all the people and their effort and energy to do their jobs which we have taken for granted.
The physician can wait, The attorney can wait. The accountant can wait. Where the hell is the toilet paper? The stocking clerk arrives at the toilet paper aisle with their pallet of packages of TP and we think we have died and gone to heaven.
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of which we are a part.