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Dorothy Sayers on Worthy Enterprise

March 9, 2010

“We should ask of an enterprise, not ‘will it pay?’ but ‘is it good?’; of a man, not ‘what does he make?’ but ‘what is his work worth?’; of goods, not ‘Can we induce people to buy them?’ but ‘are they useful things well made?’; of employment, not ‘how much a week?’ but ‘will it exercise my faculties to the utmost?’ And shareholders in – let us say – brewing companies, would astonish the directorate by arising at a shareholders’ meeting and demanding to know, not merely where the profits go or what dividends are to be paid, not even merely whether the workers wages are sufficient and the conditions of labor satisfactory, but loudly and with a proper sense of personal responsibility: ‘what goes into the beer?'”

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