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Repetitive illnesses: Shouldn’t beast of burden enjoy the rights that Humain refuse themselves

Note: Repost of 2004 “What are the rights of the beast of burden; like a donkey?” 

Article #4: Human Factors in Engineering

People used to own donkeys for special works and they still do in many places.

Donkeys are relatively cheap, if you can find them:  They are quite obedient and resilient.

Donkeys can endure hardships if you provide food and minimal care.

Low level employees, such as in data input jobs, are far less loved and appreciated than the former hot blooded mammals.

They helplessly endure repetitive musculoskeletal pains. Ironically, many of the clerks do proudly claim these pains as a badge of honor.

They are remunerated cheaper than donkeys because all that their job entails is to just sit and do monotonous work.

They suffer all the sedentary diseases: neck, head, shoulders, and back pains.

They suffer irremediable hands, fingers and wrists handicaps for the rest of their wretched lives.

Graphic designers are certainly a tad better: They are paid slightly better; not for their artistic imagination, but may be because they can also use a few more computer application programs.

Historically, the design of the characters on the first typewriters was meant to slow down typing:

Fast typing used to jam the arms of the mechanical typewriters.

A large order by a big company at the time hampered any redesign of the characters for the newer technological advances in the manufacture of typewriters.

Still, secretaries had to awkwardly learn typing fast to meet production and greed.

The benefits of redesigning the shapes and forms of computer keyboards, which could temporarily alleviate the many cumulative musculoskeletal disorders from harsh continuous and daily typing, did not reach the common typists and data entry clerks.

These low level employees were not worth any investment in upgraded keyboards.

Higher level employees, who barely use computers for any productive task, were honored with the latest gizmos.

In fact, I believe that even the best ergonomically designed keyboards cannot solve these disorders:

Heavy computer users, for 8 hours daily, are still performing repetitive movements, sitting still, eyes riveted to a display.

They are still asked to perform maximally, under the watchful and tireless computer supervisor:

An efficient program is embedded in the computer itself, a program meant to collect data and analyzes performances of the donkey clerk.

Employees should not demand any redesign of the characters on keyboards.

Any faster typing design will be at their detriment and they will pay the price bitterly.

Their task will come to higher risks to their health and safety with no increase in wages.

They should know that faster standards will then be required of them;

Instead of 60 words per minutes, Mr. Greed might ask of them to be able to type 300 wpm.

It is not enough to improve technology; we need to restrain its consequences.

Bless the French Rabelais who said: “Science without conscience is the ruin of the soul”.

Note: Nothing has improved with the new communication technologies, but with small mobile phones people don’t have to sit still in one place. People can lay down, move and commit traffic accidents talking and manipulating their new gizmos.

Hundreds of Prophets later:  Hate Crimes and Humiliation March on (May 19, 2009)

 

There are hundreds of so-called prophets that countless religions and sects adopt as their guiding rod for “sane and peaceful models of living” as they proselytize.  If man cared about messages, if man followed the Word then hate crimes, humiliation, and indignity suffered by fellow man would not be marching on as strongly as ever.  If those prophets behaved in their lives as they preached man would have behaved accordingly.

Man is trained as pet houses; man is domesticated as beast of burden; man has always the spiritual power to reconsider his training; man has always the power to act on his individual reflections and rarely do. That is what history has demonstrated again and again.  Do you think that I am exaggerating?  Hell no, not this time.

If one hundredth of the prophets’ messages was hate inspired instructions then the followers would hang to those hate verses and march on. Most people would easier march on bestial instincts than on rational peaceful inclinations that require hard personal reflections and heavy time invested on reasonable knowledge. 

I am no theologians but I invite those who make it their profession to read in One Book most of their lives to resurrect the messages of their prophets and saints and then sort out the hate messages and peace messages and then report to us what messages stuck most in their heart and feelings.

Not only the messages of those appointed prophets were mostly hate instructions but worst, the behavior of these prophets must have been shameful because people do best in emulating the behavior and style of their leaders.  “Listen to their teaching but do not emulate their actions” was the wisdom that Jesus admonished his disciples when criticizing the Pharisee Jewish religious caste.

No one is born a prophet. Conquering bestial tendencies is hard work supported by hard personal reflections.  You don’t need to dig up in old books to fetch mythical role models that are pure fabrications.  Read and follow current models that you know and some are still alive.  Read and emulate Gandhi.  Read and emulate Mandela. Gandhi and Mandela never claimed to be prophets simply because they would feel shame behaving as the stories of most prophets go.

Do you think that I am exaggerating?  Hell no, not this time.

 “What are the rights of the beast of burden; like a donkey?”

November 13, 2004 

Note:  I am re-publishing professional articles instead of updating them for readers who missed then 5 months ago.

People used to own donkeys for special works and they still do in many places.

Donkeys are relatively cheap, if you can find them, and are quite obedient and resilient.

Donkeys can endure hardships if you provide them with food and minimal lodging.

Low level employees in data input jobs are far less loved and appreciated than the former hot blooded mammals.

They helplessly endure repetitive musculoskeletal pains and many of the clerks do proudly claim these pains as a badge of honor.

They are remunerated cheaper than donkeys because all that their job entails is to just sit and do monotonous work.

They suffer all the sedentary diseases: neck, head, shoulders, and back pains.

They suffer irremediable hands, fingers and wrists handicaps for the rest of their wretched lives.

Graphic designers are certainly a tad better: 

They are paid slightly better not for their artistic imagination but, may be, because they can also use a few more computer application programs.

Historically, the design of the characters on the first typewriters was meant to slow down typing:

Fast typing used to jam the arms of the mechanical typewriters.

A large order by a big company at the time hampered any redesign of the characters for the newer technological advances in the manufacture of typewriters.

Still, secretaries had to awkwardly learn typing fast to meet production and greed.

The benefits of redesigning the shapes and forms of computer keyboards, which could temporarily alleviate the many cumulative musculoskeletal disorders from harsh continuous and daily typing, did not reach the common typists and data entry clerks.

These low level employees were not worth any investment in upgraded keyboards.

Higher level employees, who barely use computers for any productive task, were honored with the latest gismos.

In fact, I believe that even the best ergonomically designed keyboards cannot solve these disorders:

Heavy computer users, for eight hours daily, are still performing repetitive movements, sitting still, eyes riveted to a display.

They are still asked to perform maximally, under the watchful and tireless computer supervisor:

An efficient program embedded in the computer itself; a program that collects data and analyzes performances of the donkey clerk.

Employees should not demand any redesign of the characters on keyboards.

Any faster typing design will be at their detriment and they will pay the price bitterly.

Their task will come to higher risks to their health and safety with no increase in wages. 

They should know that faster standards will then be required of them;

Instead of 60 words per minutes Mr. Greed might ask of them to be able to type 300 wpm.

It is not enough to improve technology; we need to restrain its consequences.

Bless Rabelais who said: “Science without conscience is the ruin of the soul”.


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