In Praise of Mediocrity

18 May 07

Whilst walking to work the other morning, through the Birmingham International Conference Centre, I noticed the following banners hanging gloriously from the rafters…

CAN’T DO WILL NOT DO
GOOD ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH
OK IS NOT OK
MAKE IT GREAT
SO-SO IS SO NOT US

How proud they must be! Why, then, was my first reaction one of annoyance? I mean, I know what they are trying to do… They are saying that if we choose to make use of the ICC’s facilities, we will get a first class service. We will be listened to, respected and get the best service they can possibly provide (depending, of course, on what we can afford). Why, then, do such declarations of promise and positivity make me cringe inside?

Well…

I suppose it’s because this kind of thing is indicative of the Results-Based Society in which we in the West find ourselves. The idea that nothing else matters but the final outcome. What about being happy? What about trying your best and appreciating the journey, not the destination? I suppose, as customers, we don’t care how our sofa was delivered, how our bank account was set up or how our international conference facilities were provided, as long as the final product meets out requirements…

But…

Is there any room these days (within the pistons, cogs and microchips of the Vast Capitalist Machine) for falling short of perfection, as long as one had fun getting there? Can’t we take our eyes off the prize just for a second and allow ourselves to occasionally believe that good is good enough?

I mean…

Who needs a £400 sofa?

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One comment on “In Praise of Mediocrity

  1. Taeguk says:

    Not me! That’s who needs a £400 sofa! 😉

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