Stupid and slow: University versus Store

I work at a store in Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and on my days off I go to the local main university library. The store I work at has 32 departments and it effectively has three floors, though one bottom floor is only used the in the spring and summer time for customer sales. The store is about the same size as the university library and to me the construct, architecturally of the store and the university are the same. Both the store and the university are businesses and both are corporations. One sells tangible products whereas the other sells intangible products. Both of the architecture buildings are about the same size as each other; and they both have very similar architectural designs of big blocks of cement cut into 3 zones or levels. To me, what I find remarkable is the level of quality in each organization. The educational institution library seems to me to be run inadequately whereas the store seems to be run on a skeleton crew who cover only critical veins and hubs, as in a crisis military outreach style. The library seems to have an abundance of paid staff members far exceeding the amount of labour available for the employee to actually perform. Whereas, in the store the employee is always actively working in a physical way; the library clerk sits passively at a desk awaiting one or two clients in a matter of a few hours time. One environment, the store, has 6000 customers coming through their doors and in the library there are about 20 clients coming through the doors per day. The academic library gets excessive government funding and the store cuts corners in an unethical and corrupt – but not a criminal way in order to keep ahead of the other stores competition. The sales clerk in the store is constantly on the move in the surveillance culture corporation and the library clerk in the university sits there day-dreaming about the open space and beautiful landscapes which surround the open windowed glass environment. The quality of life scales of the library clerk can clearly exceed the quality of life of the sales clerk in the store; whereas it is the sales clerk in the store that is operating more efficiently; is the fastest and the most competitive of all humans in design and has the quick on the fly answers to the human condition that go way beyond the call of duty of any communication skills acquired elsewhere in the human sector. Yet there is a stigma attached to the sales clerk and not the library clerk. This makes our society unfair; and the hardest worker, the sales clerk, not only has the hardest job out of the two jobs – but also encounters societal prejudice based on an assumption that the sales clerk is stupid and slow which is clear a false assumption; as it is the library clerk who is clearly stupid and slow.

Photograph of a Bosch machine.

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Employment on Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada

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I have been employed with Company X for 8 years now. It is amazing the ingenious nature of the Head-Quarters running Company X. The MBA trained Executives and Masters of Organizational Psychologist Executive come up with wild and exciting blueprints which lead to efficiency and more effective business protocols. Somehow the Top Executives study the Employment Laws into the tiniest details and then create sub-set business models inside the multiple companies in the form of pilot projects. The
Upper Management Teams at the Head-Quarters figure out ways to slash the jobs of their upper level co-workers as well as the lower level co-workers. The scheme created by the Master of Business Administration trained Top Executives are so precise and conducted with such a precision; plus covered up with a psychological business flare as to cover up any signs of imbalance to the employment system – that witnessing & experiencing the roll out of these pilot projects are flawless; and they get implemented as easy as the pureness of opium in Afghanistan.

Reading builds empathy, April 2017

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Books that I have read, April 19, 2017. I am currently reading Nelson Mandela’s book, Long Walk to Freedom, and while I read I read other subjects to create a greater understand of the African context, in order to try to imagine the situations Nelson Mandela and others like him encountered.

  1. A State of Blood, The Inside Story of Idi Amin by Henry Kyemba, Paddington Press, Ltd., 1977
  2. White African, an Early Autobiography by L.S.B. Leakey, Cambridge Massachesetts 02138, 1966
  3. Kaffir Boy, The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa, Mark Mathabane, Macmillan publishing company, New York, 1986
  4. Operation Moses, The Story of the Exodus of the Falasha Jews from Ethiopia, Tudor Parfitt, Weidenfeld and Nicolson London, 1985
  5. Great Zimbabwe, P.S. Garlake, Thames and Hudson, 1973
  6. South Africa and the Logic of the Regional Cooperation, James J. Hentz, Indiana University Press, 2005
  7. After Apartheid, Reinventing South Africa? Ian Shapiro and Kahreen Tebeau, University of Virginia Press, 2011
  8. The Republic of the Transkei, Chris van Rensburg Publications Ltd., 1976

 

 

 

Facade 2017

Facade are the appearances in which it is beautiful on the outside but it can be broken on the inside. Like in architecture. Amsterdam City is one of the greatest examples of this. The architecture along the canals often looks beautiful but when one opens the door and walks into the building, often the stair cases are bent out of shape with age, the windows have cracks around the edges and there was drafts of cold air traveling through the architecture. For the eye of the tourist this is beauty – but once one has lived in Amsterdam for many years, one can see past the beautiful architecture and see the non-beauty as well.  casa-rembrandt-1606-9368

This facade is not only to be seen in Amsterdam, the Netherlands – but it can also be seen in Victoria City on Vancouver Island in Canada, where the beautiful landscape around the city seems to be a facade to when one actual gets employment and starts to work in Victoria City.

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The word facade means to pretend to be something one is not; like something not authentic.

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Bureaucracy 2017

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Bureaucracy is a special sort of organizational structure which takes the citizen through a maze to reach a decision-making, mostly at the top of the organizational structure. Bureaucracy was put into place, I believe to actually help with providing more freedom to lots of different citizens. However, because of the rules and regulations that have to be followed by each bureaucrat what happens is that the citizen sometimes can receive more challenges and less freedoms even though the opposite was the intention. Bureaucracy was supposed to provide top quality services to citizens but the opposite happens in practice. Cutting down on bureaucracy can be perceived as a good move, but sometimes when humans have the intention to do good, the opposite happens by accident. In Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada hospitals have attempted to cut down on bureaucracy and in effect what happens is that they created, unintentionally silos or sub-organizations, where the bureaucracy re-occurs but inside silo sub hospital organizations hence shifting the problem of bureaucracy into another form without actually solving the bureaucracy issue. *Note, always open to dialogue.

© Joepiedom: symbol of injustice

This is my artwork. The horse and rider symbolize injustice. The horses’ name is Virgil and the riders’ name is Joepiedom. Joepiedom is a name that I made up before I developed the rider character. The horse and rider travel around trying to identify injustice and reverse it. That is their purpose in life. This art piece is called “Standard Deviation” created on January 13, 2017 in Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia in Canada.

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Fairness

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In 2017 fairness is something that a lot of human beings seem to want to have in their lives. Some people do receive a good amount of fairness and others do not receive much fairness at all. The whole definition of fairness is very hard to fit into an exact scope as what one experiences as fairness, the other does not. At the same time, I believe that culturally in Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada there really is a universal level of what is fairness and what is considered to be unfair. A lot of the unfairness that Victoria City citizens experience is often not expressed outright. In fact many people in Victoria City often do not wish to discuss it at all – not within their families, not within a work place situation and not within a university environment, (because the University of Victoria is one of the biggest universities in British Columbia and it is right here in the heart of Victoria City where many organizations in Victoria City are linked with UVic). There are values and norms around what is fair and what is not. Often citizens of Victoria: in their environments and within the circles they operate in – can witness both fairness and unfairness on a daily basis. But how many of the citizens actually stop to ponder about it? How many citizens stop and think: how can more fairness be attained for everyone? This question has to start off as a philosophical question. How can fairness be reached and what is fairness? Fairness can be reached by changing a culture, something which the Victoria based artist, Emily Carr could not achieve in the 1900’s, but has the Victoria society developed since that time? emilycarrbanknote

In Victoria city – there is a very big component called Protectionism. Like the University of Victoria being involved in almost all types of community organizations, Provincial government organizations and Federal government organizations in Victoria – so does the word Protectionism apply to all of these areas.Protectionism in Victoria is a political word that disallows fairness to prevail in the city. It is like a fence created between us and them – where fairness is to the right and unfairness to the left. There is too much resistance to change for this to morph into fairness. How can we break down the fences together? Any ideas, comments? Feel free to write.

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