The Heresy of DIY

Christopher Rath


Our free, capitalist, highly technological society has bred a belief and corresponding behaviour of "With the right tools I can do anything."  This has most recently reared its head as computers have become widely deployed in our homes, but previous examples include doing your own house repairs/renovations and car repairs.  A more specialized (i.e., done by a smaller group) example is the proliferation of home recording equipment and electronic musical instruments; where the purchasers of such equipment attempt to establish themselves in the recording studio business.

This ill, this problem, is manifest in two ways: (1) People buy expensive tools and then do a poor job of whatever task it is that they bought the tools for; (2) People who buy the tools and advertise themselves as professionals in a given area, who perform a poor job of what they are hired to do.

It is important to identify and distinguish between these two manifestations because one drives the other: the paid professional does shoddy work and so the customer chooses to simply DIY then next time around.  The catalyst in this reaction is the marketer selling wares in DIY stores: their advertisements pound out the message that if you buy fancy tools then you too can do a wonderful job.

The moderator in this reaction that is keeping us from realizing just how poor a job we are doing is more difficult to identify, but glimpses of the moderator can be found in the following observations:

God has created man with an ability to learn; He intends that we do learn from what we experience, and that we do improve over time.  In Jeremiah 48:11-13, we read of God's condemnation of Moab's stagnation.  Moab sat undisturbed and did not improve, grow, and leave his faults behind him in the process.  This underscores the fact that God expects us to make use of the abilities He has created in us.

God's principles work for His followers as well as those who don't follow Him.  Business experts teach us that learning organizations are more successful than those that don't learn.  For an organization to learn, the individuals in that organization must learn, and therein lies the problem: most individuals do not cultivate an attitude of improvement and learning in their lives!

To tear down this heresy and change society we must start at the bottom and work up; i.e., the change must begin with individuals, and the first individual to change should be our self. 

The elements of change:

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