Labor-saving devices

“But we haven’t got time,” is the certain cry. True, the choice is ambiguous. A dishwasher may mean a family can spend time reading aloud or helping a neighbor garden. And a strong desire to do everything “by hand” may mean that a person has less time to spend with a child or grandparent. Observation tells me, however, that those with many machines are not less harried. A machine itself must be nurtured—selected, worked for, oiled, kept clean, repaired, and stored, not to mention filling out and mailing its ID card—or warranty! Labor-saving devices soon become labor-making devices.

Doris Janzen Longacre
Living More with Less