“Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work” – Einstein

Fell victim to the planning fall ofcy just a little while after I mentioned it.

Issue’s that I mixed up two due dates for two projects; the one due later, handed in earlier and vice versa. Normally, it’s not that big a deal, but the ice storm that just hit us means that I lose another 24 hours to get this done on time.

Thing with being in a service industry’s that if you screw up one time, you’re gone.

The kicker’s that I just need one nugget of information but the city official I call in this small town won’t give it to me. So I gotta drive up two hours on icy roads and then repeat on the way down – just for a single line of information.

This fella named Javier Pascual Salcedo said that, Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible.

That sounds about right to me.

Location: heading to kitchen for coffee
Mood: annoyed
Music: keep the chill from freezing our own free will
YASYCTAI: Make some more phone calls and hope you can convince someone to help you. (120 minutes/1 pt)

4 replies on ““Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work” – Einstein”

"Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible."

ugh. how right you are. There's this other (longer) quote from a book Shantaram that this peripherally reminds me of (it might not be something agreeable with, but i still think how it was written was really beautiful 😛 ). Book's set in India:

"The world is run by one million evil men, ten million stupid men, and a hundred million cowards…"

And it goes on to explain in 2pp that i'm not going to type out, but paraphrased, the one million were the rich/powerful "whose decisions counted". The ten million were the soldiers and police who enforced the rule of the evil men ('brave but stupid' b/c giving lives for governments and causes who use their flesh and blood). And the hundred million were the beaurocrats and paper shufflers and pen-pushers who permit the rule of the evil men, and look the other way. They are the "cowards who know what is going on, but say nothing, while they sign the paper that puts one man before a firing squad, or condemns one million men to the slower death of a famine."

I think the hundred million cowards portion is right – I wish some people would just do the thing they know is right rather than just do the thing they know is easy.

A coward is often lazy and a lazy person is often a coward, I find.


Hello! Well, bureaucracy helps if something's actually done by them, I think. If they don't do anything then they're worse than having nothing at all.

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