What if it were « Love Boat »? | Ouvertures immédiates / Immediate openings
peter.suber's bookmarks 2018-09-16
"Imagine a very select and reputable travel agency that sells you a dream cruise for 250,000€. You obviously don’t have to bleed yourself to death to buy it. You can find other ways to travel, especially if you take the initiative and organise you own trip.
Now suppose that your career depends on a commission that will judge your merits based on the number and type of cruises you have completed and that will have a special indulgence for those you have purchased from the prestigious agency in question. The simple name of the agency is enough to convince the members of this committee of the quality of the trips it offers. Chances are you will try by any means to obtain the necessary funds to order a cruise there.
Now suppose that your employer decides that the prestige you have gained or strengthened in this way will reflect on his company. He’ll buy you the cruise, even if it’s outrageously expensive.
So let us ask ourselves the question: who is guilty ? À. The ultra-chic travel agency ? B. The traveller, that is, yourself ? C. The members of the jury who use this criterion to evaluate you ? ..."