The Economy of Human Energy

The Economy of Human Energy

The Economy of Human Energy

The Economy of Human Energy

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Much that is said and written on the subject of waste is confined to the waste of money, food, fuel and other material resources. These things are important in themselves and deserve attention. The only serious form of waste, however, is the waste of man power or human energy.

Habits which look wasteful may prove to be highly economical when studied with a view to the waste or economy of human energy. Americans, for example, are said to be wasteful. They are in a sense, but in another and more important sense, they are the most penurious people in the world. We are wasteful of money in a way; but strictly speaking, money can not be wasted except when it is worn out or lost. If one loses it, some one else gets it. When it is misspent for a useless thing, the thing that is really wasted is the man power that is hired to produce the useless thing. When it is wisely spent, or economically spent, the thing that is really economized is the man power that is hired to produce the useful or beneficial thing.

We are also wasteful of food. It is commonly asserted that an American family will throw away enough to feed a European family. That may be true; and doubtless the great American garbage can will bear looking into. To save all that food, however, would require time and painstaking care, and Americans are . . .

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