Shouldn’t we all be like Sherlock Holmes? A collection of knowledge and intuition? We live in the 21st century and no one, to my knowledge, is a Sherlock Holmes. Don’t get me wrong, I am quite aware of the infinite amount of data and information there is out there, and the impossible task it seems to be. However, that doesn’t mean we cannot have a base knowledge in many subjects.
For example, would it not be useful for a writer to dip their mind into psychology, history, science (especially biology and physics), fine art, and even philosophy? I believe everyone should, at this point, be quite the detectives and masters of deduction. A writer is an easy example because they have to research many things before even beginning a literary work. Let’s think of a tougher example. How about a retail associate? Not much to that right? Wrong. A retail associate can study language, business, psychology, computer technology, fashion, marketing, advertisement, and a shit load more.
We think of an occupation as a concentration of knowledge. In reality, it should be that a person can take incredible amounts of outside information, meaning information that is not necessarily considered part of their job, and apply it to their life. An occupation is a concentration, yes, but it can be much more if we were all a bit more diverse. This would make the work experience more interesting for all of those involved.
Recently, I found out Staples has spent approximately eight million dollars on a new program called VIBE. This program is meant to ensure that the employees interact with the customers at all times. The associate must question the shit out of the customers, fire out sales at random customers, make their “availability” known, and drop everything they’re doing to help a customer. The training videos even show associates literally dropping everything and trotting over to the customer, who does not even want their help, and asking them if they can answer any questions for them. Mind you, these are all supposed “cross-trained” employees, judging by their departmental wardrobe changes from copy center, to easy tech, to office supplies. These actors are ACTING with other ACTORS. They are in no real-life situation performing the VIBE appropriate behaviors.
The fact that this company spent an absurd amount of money on this program instead of putting it towards some good quality training or raises and hiring employees is outrageous. If companies, like Staples, are spending their money on brainwash training, instead of knowledge-expansion training, how can people grow within their companies? Do they even want them to? The answer is clearly no, in most cases, but that isn’t how it should be.
The internet is a blessing and a curse for this Holmes quest. The high-speed web browsing, wide variety of databases, e-books, digital photos and videos, and all of the incredible technology allows for people to gain so much knowledge. It’s really quite extraordinary. The downside is that probably half, if not more, is complete garbage. Most sites let and encourage anyone to put in their two cents, whether it’s for free or they have to pay, and people do it. This uncertainty can harm the ability to trust what is read, heard, and seen on-line.
Books and valid sources are still available to us! Be careful though, articles and even news reports can be slanted and emphasize selected material. There is, also always the option of first-hand experience. This is the only way, I believe, we can really learn about things for ourselves. Obviously, if one wants to learn about things OTHER people discovered or don’t want to make time for that sort of thing, by all means, look that shit up! Don’t even hesitate! Doing and figuring things out for oneself is how we can all move on.
Let’s not stay in these dark ages for too long…