Method and madness.

At work, there are certain things we do all the time. We do these certain things every day. Most people here have developed a method of doing these things, a way of (for instance), writing descriptions for tools of different sorts. After a while there’s a sort of community lexicon for these things.

There are, however, a few people who resist change. Though I should say they resist changing by constantly changing. Or, they cannot seem to do the same thing the same way twice. They’re immune to the community lexicon no matter how long they work here.

I alternately find this annoying and fascinating (I have a deep ambivalence to caring about such things) and sometimes wonder: why do some people settle into patterns and adopt informal standardisations while other people seem to resist them at the atomic level?

3 thoughts on “Method and madness.

  1. why do some people settle into patterns and adopt informal standardisations

    You ask this as though ALL people don’t do this – they do. Foremost being those who resist change.

    while other people seem to resist them at the atomic level?

    I’ve never met a person who did not have some kind of basic personal standards. The resistance then isn’t to standards. The resistance is due to that whatever their basic personal standard may be is sufficient.

  2. Of course we all do. But why in some things and not others? Why do some people write the same thing down five times a day and never seem to write it the same way?

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