I run up against the words cost effective more and more these days.
I understand that word to mean "Its better to do nothing than something that might be costly ".
I am not poking a finger in Sean Omalley’s eye with that comment I am simply stating my opinion of a phrase that is used to shoot down most of my moral and ethical considerations or logical statements to for example my employer.
I read it in the news papers when they tell me why things are not done ( like building proper roads )
Cost effective has become the prime consideration in everything today.
If the right idea is not cost effective then it just does not get done…
When did it become more important to do the cost effective things than to do the right things?
I am having a terrible time with this “cost effectiveness trumps all other considerations” philosophy of today.
It troubles me and it costs me sleep because I think everything made by man ( including money ) should serve society and be used in the best interest of of people. ( by everything I think I mean economy, infrastructure and all those things out there that take for granted like clean water fresh air and healthy forests )
But I observe the opposite, society exists to serve money and it must of course all must be cost effective.
I brought four capacitors back to the shop yesterday.
They contained PCBs one was leaking and dripped on my boot and pant leg.
Showed the boss and he said I should clean that up and I asked what to do with the contaminated boot and pants ( my own )
He said you can fill in the paper work if you want or leave it at that.
Like so many things these days I am too tired to do the right thing.
So I sanitized the situation and will wear the boot, dump the pants in the laundry chute.
It was the most cost effective solution I guess ( less mentally taxing for me too)
Its easy to justify as well.
I am already full of asbestos and I know my fat is full of chemicals ( if I were a fish I would probably be unfit for human consumption or at least you would be restricted to eating less than one of me a week HA HA ).
How did I end up here?
It was not cost effective to use something more expensive than Inertene in that cap in 1965.
In was likely very profitable for Monsanto’s predecessor to market the stuff as a fire retardant.
You could not make as much money using ethanol as a octane booster than TEL so GM put lead in our fuel and told us it was a good thing…
So many choices made grounds of cost effectiveness and good business sense and so many really really bad outcomes for society as a whole.
Cost effective I think it means it won’t be until the last resource is extracted, the last drop of water fouled, the last gasp of clean air and the last bloody fight over fist full of food that we will learn what things are really worth.
And last night I read in the News PM Trudeau addressed the EU parliament and said he thinks the middle class is stressed and unhappy.
We discovered on some level living a decent productive life is not cost effective.