Is this an act of futility, utility, or devotion?

Wendy Monaghan Editing Services
10/12/12 04:41:58PM

My answer to this question depends on whether the act is part of the woman's paid work or something she chooses to do.

If it is an act of her own choosing, and if I must select from the three options, I would say it is an act of both utility and devotion, but I suggest the result is, in all likelihood, futile. However, if I may choose from other options, I suggest it may be an act of control.

Abdur Rehman Cheema
11/12/12 02:29:38PM @abdur-rehman-cheema:

What makes these cleaners patient as Peter observed?Perhaps, they know that they are fighting a battleagainstnature - a mountain that would continue to emit ash. They have to stay patient with their job as there is no immediate end in sight. May be, the sense of this battleis a source of patience.

Theother possibility could be a sense of service which theyreceive by keeping thepublic viewing pointclean and tidy.Perhaps, this sense of service is a source of patience and calmness which Peter observed.If this is so, we can learn fromthese cleaners andsearch for importanceof ourjobs inthe life of other people. May be, itadds toour patience and calmness.

Research Cooperative
10/12/12 09:59:25PM @chief-admin:

The location is a public viewing platform for the volcano of Sakurajima, near Kagoshima. The local government is certainly trying to control the ash by employing cleaners. But my feeling on the day was that the workers were very patient and devoted in their attitude and attention to detail. For much of the time, they must work in solitude, or the company of just one or two other workers. There is probably a lot to learn by watching such workers, and talking to them.