I found this comment, posted yesterday here on an old thread about DormAid, extremely lucid and revealing:
I run DormAid in Canada; I’ve been looking on your website for the past hour and I think you guys are missing the point. The ‘‘point’’ is that DormAid is out to improve the quality of life for our customers. We see with ‘benefits of trade’’ specialization increases the amount of goods people can consume. Students should specialize in doing school work, and cleaning people should specialize in cleaning and Laundromats should specialize in doing laundry. When I get hungry I don’t grab my gun and go hunting for animals. I walk down to the local grocery store and buy the food from the store. In turn the store buys it from the farmer. With specialization people can do more things. No one person is completely self sufficient. That is why business focus on providing specific services.
So the question is: are you a homework machine? The framework this writer uses struck me because it reveals how amoral (not immoral, a-moral) this framework of maximizing efficiency and productivity is. Are we all simply producers and consumers, free of context or broader social responsibility. Are we really just here to specialize in school work? While I take the point to some extent, aren’t we in seriously dangerous waters culturally if we aren’t thinking about anything else?