Hope from Pandora’s jar is the Second Lesson in a Lean Six Sigma environment


Long time ago, a scholar named Erasmus, who lived in Holland, translated from Hesiod’s work the story of Pandora’s jar. Shortly, Zeus gave a jar to Pandora and asked her never to open it, but he knew that she will open it because of her curiosity and persuasive nature. Pandora was Zeus’s creation therefore he knew what her actions will be. At that time the man lived in a world without worries just that by opening the jar, the diseases and dreadful things have started to happen. [1],[2],[3],[4]

Similarly, we find in the Book of Genesis, the story about Eve and Adam who were asked not to eat from one tree that existed in the Garden of Heaven. [5] As most of us know, the serpent in this case, was the one that convinced Eve to pick the apple and share it with Adam. There are more complex interpretations of this particular story, although commonality is to gain access to knowledge. By learning and finding more there are always unpredictable and sometimes painful consequences, but because of our curios and exploratory nature, it seems to be a disregard of any of the negative events that will happen afterwards. While as a result of our actions, knowledge is gained, it implies that nothing really will ever stop us from learning more.

I would not draw the conclusion that women are more curious or they cannot obey “Creator’s” rules, but rather they appear to be prone to take risks because there is always Hope for something better to exist.

A Lean Six Sigma environment needs to be open to embrace that mistakes will be made with any new tool that will be learned or implemented. If we will try to look from the other side of the Paradise; living in a perfect world made by someone else it is still not perfect unless we, as human beings are the direct contributors who understand all of its intricate details.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesiod [1]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_and_Days [2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora [3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora%27s_box#Etymology_of_.22The_Box.22 [4]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_and_Eve [5]

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