This morning, I found on my company’s microblog feed a post addressing the “concepts” of “smart work vs. hard work”. (Since it’s behind the firewall, I can’t share it – but that’s not the important thing, in any case.) When I started to read it, I realized three things:
- The post was, in fact, a serious attempt to define the term as two “concepts” and address the differences between them.
- It was written without any trace of irony, whatsoever.
- The author was probably still in school (primary or secondary) when I was already a somewhat seasoned cubicle survivor.
Out of those three realizations, I’m guessing #3 got to me the most. For a brief moment, I thought I was experiencing deja vu. It was 1990-something all over again, and I was back on the cubicle farm: