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esthetic tastes, as well as directly lose material and information. The habits in this sense are the tools of
industry, though exactness may be defined as more than a tool, since it is also part of the final result. He
whose work-conscience permits him to be inexact, permits himself to do less than his best and in that respect
cheats and steals.
The work-conscience is as variably developed as any other type of conscience. There are those who are rogues
in all else but not in their work. They will not turn out a bad piece of work for they have identified the best in
them with their work. Contrariwise, there are others who are punctilious in all other phases of morality who
are slackers of an easy standard in their work efforts. This is as truly a double standard of morals as anything
in the sex sphere,--and as disastrous.
There is on every second wall in America the motto typical of our country, "Do it now!" To it could be added
a much better one, "Do it well!" The energy of work and its promptness are only valuable when controlled by
an ideal of service and thoroughness. A great part of the morals of the world is neglected; part of the
responsibility is not felt, in that a code of work is yet to be enunciated in an authoritative way. I would have it
shown graphically that all inefficiency is a social damage with a boomerang effect on the inefficient and
careless, and in the earliest school, teaching the need of thoroughness would be emphasized. Our schools are
tending in the other direction; the curriculum has become so extensive that superficiality is encouraged, the
thorough are penalized, and "to get away with it" is the motto of most children as a result.
In an ideal community every man and woman will be evaluated as to intelligence and skill, and a place found
accordingly. Since we live a few centuries too soon to see that community, since jobs are given out on a sort
of catch-as-catch-can plan, it would be merely a counsel of perfection to urge some such method.
Nevertheless ambitious parents, wh...
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- Spring '11