Quality (Audio)

When we say the word QUALITY lots of things come to mind. Most notably we relate the word with having significant value.  Webster’s dictionary describes the definition as follows:

quality

noun qual·i·ty \ˈkwä-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of quality

  • : how good or bad something is

  • : a characteristic or feature that someone or something has: something that can be noticed as a part of a person or thing

  • : a high level of value or excellence

In sticking with this same context, I would like to discuss today how QUALITY relates to our world today.  Personally, before I even begin I can sum-up my entire thoughts by stating, I think Webster’s Dictionary needs to change and update the definition of this word to instead read:

quality

noun qual·i·ty \ˈkwä-lə-tē\

 Definition of quality

  • Although the next few meanings used to define this word are still in this dictionary; they no longer hold any meaning in today’s world.
    • : how good or bad something is

    • : a characteristic or feature that someone or something has: something that can be noticed as a part of a person or thing

    • : a high level of value or excellence

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It is increasingly becoming difficult to find any meaning behind not only the word quality but also the value humans place upon its original intent.  Gone are the days where a company cared less about their profit margin and more about the product they offer.  Whether it be a good or a service they provide, it seems we have hit the fast-forward button on the remote to the world and it has permanently stuck deep inside the remote never to be repaired.

The basic concept of quality goods and services has continuously dropped at an alarming rate over the last two decades.  While the quality has gone down below an acceptable level, the prices have gone up at an even greater accelerated rate.  All one has to do is take a look at the fast food industry, the vehicles we drive, the computers and phones we hold in our hands.  Examples of this can be seen everywhere.  Heck, even the furniture you sit on is mass-produced with cheaper goods so as not to last as long.

Very few think about this as a personal issue within themselves.  Failing to realize or take responsibility for their own actions within their own little bubble of the world.  In fact, I see more and more people who will walk by a piece of rubbish on the ground instead of stopping to pick it up.  Taking no pride in the environment around them. Yes, this is, in fact, a by-product of the quality of their surroundings not mattering to them.  Or a repairman who comes to give you an estimate on repairing your pipes but fails to climb under your home to look at the pipes.  He must really not want that job or the money he would get in doing said job.  Or the family who all sees laundry needs to be done but instead chooses to walk right by the basket instead thinking to themselves, “Let mom do it. It’s not my job.”

We need to realize it is frankly our own damn faults that the world is this way.  We do not teach our kids what value means.  We do not bring them up to have pride and satisfaction, from putting a little bit of time and effort into ALL they do, on a daily basis. Examples of this range from getting dressed without their pants hanging to their knees showing their britches, combing their hair, to doing dishes with a smile on their face, and thinking of the chores as a rewarding experience.  Because believe me, doing dishes is very rewarding when the next time you go to cook or eat something and you have clean items needed to do so and you don’t have to stand there and wash them just to cook.

Folks let’s start caring again.  Let’s start placing a higher value on what we personally do and how we personally act.  Think about how you react when you feel like you are not getting what you pay for?  Apply that same knowledge to your own personal actions.  Be the one to step up and truly make a difference to ‘unstick’ that fast forward button the remote to the world.  Live with a purpose and conviction to leave a positive mark on society.  Start placing the value back into the meaning of quality.

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