‘We Need to Instill a Respect for the Work of Human Hands’

Courtesy of The New York Times. By MARIE TESSIER and TALYA MINSBERG

Here are the top 10 comments of the week on our digital platforms, as selected by our readers and the journalists who moderate nearly every comment. Some comments were edited for length and clarity.

1. We have abandoned those for whom the dignity of work in a factory is part of their identity. We have devalued the importance of people who understand how machines work, what goes into their production, and the art of making and maintaining them. With our blind faith in faceless technology, in computer programs and models, we discount the human component of manufacturing.

Offshoring jobs to lower-paid workers is not the answer. We need to instill a respect for the work of human hands and the lives behind them.

John S., Bay Area, reacting to an article about Indianapolis steelworkers who trained replacement workers for Rexnord Corporation, which opened a new manufacturing plant in Mexico.

2. I trained the worker who replaced me. I had extensive education and a career in software development. Then my job went to China. It’s not just steel and it’s not just manufacturing.

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