Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Game of Life: It's All Academic

Conscription, a bit like taxes, is for little people. During the American Civil War, people from the wealthier classes were able to avoid conscription by the practice of hiring a substitute - i.e. paying someone else to go in their place. That somebody would presumably have been from the ranks of the less well-off, or whose prospects in life mitigated the risk.

Earlier in 2013, a story about a software engineer, who outsourced his job to a company in China, went viral on the internet. It seems that this bright young employee had discovered that a Chinese firm would do his job for him, at a fraction of the salary his US employers were paying him. This allowed him to spend his working day, watching YouTube videos and shopping on eBay. Must have felt like Casual Friday every day of the week!

Of course, when the deception was uncovered, the guy was fired. Apparently no one in the company thought fit to promote him; use his innovative skills to everyone's advantage. Strange world we live in! It seems that the practice of paying someone else to do your work for you, raises the hackles of some people, believing that they are guided by a moral an ethical compass. Yet the practice is not new: it has been around in one form or another, probably since the dawn of human civilisation.

Take the halls of Academia for example. College life is demanding enough on hard-pressed students, getting in as much as possible of the 'college experience' before graduating, without the added distractions of research, term papers, dissertation, essays, etc. But institutes of learning would not be that if there were not bright young people around, coming up solutions to the various problems and perplexing issues that life throws at us. Professional academic paper writers can be found online and offer everything the hard-pressed student with too much time and not enough application could possibly dream of - provided that they are willing to pay.

As Henry Ford once observed, "Why I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?"


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