Today I got an email, which read like the following (I scrapped boring non-essential parts):
Hello Mihail PELEAH, Thank you for your interest in null, and applying for [...] Please note that [...] Sincerely, Recruitment Team null
One of many machine-generated messages, one could say, cheap, fast, ubiquitous. Seems nothing wrong with it—in the end, Bloomberg has been using automatically generated news since the 90s or 80s. But this email is meaning-loss.
It brought no new information to me—the scrapped part […] highlighted some info, which had already been in the application. But someone decided to send this email, and prioritized speed over quality, and checking how it will look like for recipients.
Automatization—epitomized by buttons “Make it nice!” or “Do it for me!”—giving raises the attitude “I don’t know and I don’t care” and desire to outsource decisions. According to the Oracle Decision Dilemma Report 2023, 64% of people and 70% of business leaders would prefer to have a robot make their decisions. However, this is meaning-loss, it distracts from the question WHY we make these decisions, and focuses on miniscule hassle of WHATs of decision making.
Meaningless could be useful sometimes, meaning-loss—never. Meaningless mingling at parties could be fun and camaraderie. Meaningless slam and mosh-pit can help us shed negativity. Meaningless sitting in silence in a corner is called meditation.
(Oxford dictionary defines meaningless as “without any purpose or reason” and adds “and therefore not worth doing or having.” Many artists would not agree with the latter statement)
In a world plagued by speed and efficiency, it is easy to fall into the trap of meaning-loss. Maybe by embracing the meaningless could help us to slow down, focus on quality and ask ourselves WHY? to reclaim our agency?
P.S. Just got another email:
Congratulations! Job requisition [...] was canceled and has reached the Open - Canceled status.