Bob Gale's Approach To Work
I've noticed there are two types of people when it comes to work. Some have money as the ultimate goal of their jobs, while others have happiness - either in general, or work-related.
The first kind will do whatever it takes to get that extra dollar, even sacrificing the quality of their work to the whims of the mob. For these people, work is perceived as a necessary evil, so any extra benefit that can be squeezed out of it is justified. A good way to bring the worth of this point of view to the perceptual level is to watch that last season some shady producer squeezed out of a show you used to like, making it basically unwatchable.
The second kind will either achieve a balanced approach to work, in which it is viewed as an integrated part of one's life, with costs and benefits, both professional and personal, being rationally weighed against one another - or take the "fanatic approach". The "fanatic approach", of which I'm more guilty than I care to admit, consists of treating one's work as the "alpha and omega" of one's life - everything else, including profitability and one's other sources of joy, is seen as secondary to the quality of the final product.
Although profit is always something worth seeking, both the healthy and the fanatic approach view one's work as something of high, immediate valuable - either because the work itself is pleasurable or because the end result gives concrete form to an idea they love. Profit is seen more as "something I must get to live comfortably, so that I can continue to do great work" than the primary motive behind production.
Whether you're talking about an artist and his work, a businessman and his original idea, a politician and the ideals he stands for, or an intellectual and his theories, one's work is a way of giving concrete form to one's fundamental ideas. As such, selling, not the product, but the essence of one's work is equivalent to selling a part of one's soul, or, in the words of Bob Gale, selling "your kids into prostitution".
Integrity has become something so rare, specially in the market for art, that it must be celebrated when encountered. Congratulations to Bob Gale, for both his work and his integrity.
- February 25th, 2020