My reservation/critique of the present recruiting agencies such as onlinejobs.ph is that they have completely bought into the reductionist methodology which I have very strong hesitation, as I think, would ultimately be unsustainable. Allow me to explain through an excerpt from a lecture given by Ajahn Punyadhammo which I personally transcribed from a recorded podcast.
”Modern science, beginning in the 17th century, has made great progress in understanding this world but it’s done this largely by using a reductionist methodology, by studying the various components of this world as independent, self-contained units.
A process of intellectual analysis has broken down organisms into cells, and cells into organic molecules. Likewise in the physical sciences and almost all other facets of human endeavors, the thrust of research has always been towards identifying more and more fundamental particles and forces of the alt-matter, or in the case of said agencies, in identifying qualities that would correspond to a specific category or mold of jobseekers. This reductionist habit of thought, has, without dispute, proved a powerful tool, but it is, in the last analysis, not an expression of reality but only a model of reality, useful in many contexts but misleading in others.
The habit of reductionism, of missing the forest for the trees, is deeply ingrained in
Western thought after 400 years. It is not without significance that the one field of scientific inquiry which has had to transcend this habit from the outset is ecology which seeks to understand the interplay of living and non-living systems in both a local and a planetary scale. A powerful recent example of this holistic approach is the Gaia hypothesis of James Lovelock which seeks to understand the earth’s climate as a self-regulating system with complex feedback loops between the organic and inorganic components.
The reductionism is, I would suggest, an intellectual handicap in trying to find solutions to such issues as the climate crisis. Many of the proposed solutions are thought to be helpful only if they are considered within a limited reductionist way and may even be harmful when a moral, holistic, interdependent view is taken.”
The recruiting agencies have tried to seek genuine and available workforce from among the vast pool of Filipino workers but in the process have done so by completely undermining their overall well-being. Seen from a global perspective, cheap but competent labor is what is being projected and offered about this reservoir of jobseekers. Unfortunately, a form of apartheid develops whereby one belongs forever to an immutable category similar to one’s skin color. We have sacrificed our talents at a price with little or no evolutionary progress in sight within an ever-changing environment under such a mode of selection. It goes without saying that some will be able to overcome these limitations and roadblocks to ‘success’ in finding jobs, but the rest of them could only obtain a meager compensation too insufficient to keep body and soul together.
This existing form of selection limits the development and propagation of critical thinking skills and inhibits the physical and intellectual, let alone the spiritual growth of the individual and the collectivity in the long run. What’s more, it will usher in the decline in the overall quality of society both intellectually and spiritually which, unfortunately, we are gradually seeing today. This reductionist methodology is a very short-term and superficial cure to a festering problem given its burgeoning nefarious consequences within the current externally implanted norms.