Imagine that you hire a plumber. You need him to do two jobs for you. One job is very expensive, very difficult, will require months of planning, discussion and a complete reworking of some major aspects of the plumbing in your home and cost many tens of thousands of dollars. The other job is small, a few hundred dollars, you need a new sink and garbage disposal installed.
You agree on a price for the smaller job, and what needs to be done. And the plumber gets to work. When the new sink is installed and the garbage disposal is replaced you look over the work.
“What’s up with the faucet?” you ask, noticing it’s installed backwards.
“Pipes under the sink were too long, only way I could get it installed.” replies the plumber.
“There’s water running out of the garbage disposal and on to my floor!” you cry.
“Well, you see, it would have meant replacing some pipes, and I would have had to send off for a special tool.” says the plumber, looking at you rather exasperated.
“The garbage disposal ejects vegetable matter all over the ceiling when in use!” You’re shielding your face from poorly chewed vegetable matter as the plumber demonstrates how to use the new garbage disposal.
“It would have taken a lot of work to not get it to do that.” counters the plumber, like obviously you are asking too much.
Today I went to the dentist.
On the drive home I said to a friend “I think I need to find a new dentist. One that will listen to me, and fix the problems.”
“Why?” she asked.
And I explained the reasons.
“Oh, I’m sure it’s not that bad. Give him a second chance, explain what you need. I’m sure he’ll fix it. I really like him.”
The faucet is backwards.
The garbage disposal spews vegetable matter
Water all over my kitchen floor.
“So when can we start that big job, eh?” asks the plumber.
So after pondering a while, I think…
What am I missing here?