Cheaper-Better-Faster: Jobs, Stress & Understanding the Eco-System

I have not since, written such a serious post. Let me start by saying that this is not aimed at any one company or individual, it is more of a collective mindset that everyone approaches consumption with.

However, after watching the BBC Panorama Amazon Documentary recently, I had some thoughts regarding corporate operational systems, and business administration in today’s tech intensive world. You can view the original video here.

The aim of most operational systems would be to achieve maximum efficiency & optimal solutions, however, people often forget that the “human” components of any chain have psychological and morale aspects of their selves.

Yes, business administration and operations has never been more traceable and enforceable, due to technological advances today, employees can be pushed every single step of the way to hit their targets. Businesses can better cater to customers, with lower costs and larger output and higher profits all the way round.

Most businesses complain that customers are getting more and more demanding, wanting cheaper-better-faster products and services. Although, why is that?

It is also easy for some suited executive to look through data and say, this is too slow, let’s put a tighter time limit on this process and ensure compliance by all workers, enforce disciplinary action and sack those who cannot comply.

But, I feel, if we take a step back out to look at the full picture, we’d find that this is a situation that may draw some similarities to the wage-price spiral.

Yes, I know that it’s an open economy and I cannot look at things in such a closed loop / controlled environment method.

However, when you consider Business-to-Consumer, often, your consumer population are employees of a business, small business owners, freelance workers, etc. However, a large portion of individuals still make up the employee slice of the pie.

This is the disconnect I see, why as a consumer, one would be so keen on cheaper-better-faster services, whereas as an employee, the less work the better yeah mate? I mean the obvious answer is everyone is lazy and greedy, which as a human being i’d have to agree with.

This brings me to the main point; are we as consumers and customers too focused on the business end of things? Cheaper – Better – Faster are the three main aims of any business, and often only 2 / 3 can be achieved without actual slavery or full automisation. If you want it cheap and fast it won’t be good, want it good and fast it won’t be cheap, and want it cheap and good, it’ll take awhile!

Slavery, yes as i know was abolished ages ago, however, even on wages, there may be working conditions that are down right unethical. As companies aim to achieve cheaper-better-faster, all 3 aspects of them, workers will be driven further and further towards being treated like slaves whether they work in an office or on an assembly line, although as it often goes, the ones to be hit hardest are the ones at the bottom of the pyramid.

People in the developed world often campaign for animal rights, “ethical” products and services, but they often forget that in both developed and developing worlds, there are unethical practices even towards employees. Sometimes, as consumers and customers we need to appreciate someone else’s work, be it the postal / courier guy, the warehouse sorter, etc., and understand the ease and difficulties of another individuals job. It seems that technology has truly put a barrier between people where they start to see other individuals as a part of a large, well oiled machine.

There is no need to be understanding or caring for a machine is there? Just fix it when it’s broken, swap out a part and throw the old useless part away. One day, if you are ever the part being swapped out, you would understand what I mean.

I hope that more people realize this fact, and as a customer and consumer on one end, worker, supervisor, boss, manager, employee / employer on the other end, practice more understanding and appreciation of each others jobs and industry. Always remember, no one is infallible, everyone makes mistakes, everyone has bad days, and yes, we do need to keep some minimum standards, however, we need to account for human factors as well.


Words: How the atheist is closer to god than the priest.

This is a continuation of my previous post Words: No Such thing as a Godless Man. I am not trying to convince anyone that either of the two, religion and atheism are better, these are my views.

Firstly, in this argument, we have to define ‘god’. God can be many things, a man in the sky who watches over you. An angry being who punishes you for your wrong doings and sends you into eternal fire, or he could be a kind being, who forgives you for everything, as long as you believe in him. Whatever the case is, god to each individual is what that individual believes in, his spiritual faith, in an idea, perhaps something grater than himself.

Well to simply things, god can be considered to be the faith, or hope of a particular person or society, the followers of that particular faith. This faith governs the peoples morals and values in its system as well. If that can be used to define god, then religion can be defined as the set of practices that people would do to worship that being, almost all religions in the world believe that one must give prayer or praise to god to be in his good graces and also, there are common ritualistic practices in religions to celebrate and worship god.

Hence then we shall define an atheist, an atheist is a one who does not believe in god. There are many reasons why people might not believe in god, it could stem from their experiences, where god “was not there for them when they needed him the most” or it could stem from the simple fact that they were never taught that there was a god in the first place. Lastly is the reason that they had contemplated, and reasoned out with themselves that god is an entity that was not required by their internal system. Perhaps, they looked at things through extremely probabilistic eyes, such as Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy. He was a man who was a probabilistic atheist, which meant that he did not believe in god because to him, ‘the probability of a god existing was so small that it was not of any significant value for him to look into.

Well then lets start proper, an atheist then is a person who shapes and moulds their value system according to their own beliefs. Where do these beliefs come from, one might ask. Their beliefs stem from the rationalization and perception of their experiences in the world. This then becomes their personal philosophy, their way of life, their practice and ritual of daily life. So in that sense, it can be considered that there is faith and hope in an atheist that would be represented by their dreams, their fears and their very meaning in life. Hence, so to speak, their dreams, their fears, their meanings, emotions and experiences, make up ‘god’.

I would assume that on both ends of the scale, there are good people and bad people. Not everyone with a religion is a good person, no matter what their religion might be, and not everyone without a religion is a bad person, based on their own set of beliefs and characteristics.

To the atheist yes that might be a philosophy or way of life, however, a staunch religious person would never understand the meaning of this as he would usually, be guided and taught by religion, his wants, are inclusive of the wants of the religion or the wants of his ‘god’ and his dreams would be for both in the life here and for the after life as well. His fears, are for him to fall out of gods good graces and for him to enter the eternity of torture and the abysmal state that awaits him. Well, it is to say that a person like that would think of god often.

Well, however, if you think about it, how many stories have you heard about people whom are practicing religion only because their parents ask them to, or they are afraid of societies perceptions, such as people quipping, oh my that is a godless man his soul must be saved by gods good graces, lets pray for him. Well, I would say I’ve heard many of those stories, especially in a multi cultural society such as Singapore. Well, to me, it looks like the atheist is more in ‘resonance’ with his ‘god’ or rather his idea of god as compared to the religious, whom are often in ‘dissonance’, out of fear of others opinions, fear of their own disapproval, fear of hell, fear of god, fear of wrath, and I believe that this emotional baggage only serves to deter and diminish oneself, specifically from the guilt that arises from the fear. Well, it is hard to say but most people would not admit this. The godless man sometimes seems to be closer to god than those whom are practicing faith and religion.

These are the statistics for Religions at the current moment:

Indonesia: Absurd Legal System.

This is in reference to the Article:

We have always heard that Indonesia is the country with relaxed laws and baby smokers.


Also, it has a very strict policy against the filming of pornography, Something that the lead singer of Peter Pan, Ariel, learnt the hard way after being sent to prison due to the videos with Luna Maya and some other chick.

Luna Maya

Luna Maya - Hot Even With Clothes On

However, nothing, I mean NOTHING I have heard so far regarding the law system in Indonesia has beat this

” JAKARTA (AFP) – Three Indonesian men and a woman arrested for allegedly making a pornographic video were ordered to re-enact steamy sex scenes as part of a police investigation, a detective said on Thursday. ” – ST News

I wonder if the police were jerking off to the people doing it while high on a mix of concoctions or if they were seriously prosecuting these people via the use of re-enactment from the SUSPECTS. Hilarious. Another strange thing is their strictness when it comes to filming home-made sex videos. It is strange that a country with so much more to worry about would spend time, money and effort to arrest those whom are a little more, experimental, with their sex lives. When they could be avoiding some other *hint* things that could be a little more beneficial to the countries well being.

” It was one of several attacks reported during 2005 in the 550-mile channel separating the Indonesian island of Sumatra from the Malay Peninsula, Singapore perched at its southern tip.” – National Geographic.

So If one committed murder in Indonesia, would they ask the suspect to re-enact the murder by stabbing the dead corpse again? I wonder.