QUALITY vs QUALITY OF LIFE

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QUALITY vs QUALITY OF LIFE

Quality and quantity are two concepts that have great significance in our lives and ultimately decide the course of our lives. Even if you love a sport, you get tired watching a game every day on TV. People are seen debating in favor of either quality or quantity. A person is judged by the quality of the company he keeps, but nowadays it is common to judge sociability of a person with the number of contacts he has on social networking sites. There are companies that believe in mass production without being bothered with the quality of their product but at the same time there are companies that believe in quality at all costs and never try to produce in bulk. So this debate between quantity and quality is never ending and there seems to be no conclusion as to what is better, quantity, or quality.

What do you do when you have a choice of two fruit vendors, one having lots of quantity of fruits and the other one having limited quantity but better quality fruits. Of course you get attracted to one who has more fruits first. But no sooner do you have a look at the quality of his fruits do you turn your attention towards the other vendor who has better quality of fruits. The same principle applies to all our endeavors, and in all walks of life, whether we talk about number of contacts on a social networking sites or a company that bombards us with newsletters. Do you not delete the newsletters when you find that they are annoying and have no meaningful content? Do you not look forward to the newsletters of a company that provide you with lots of information and meaningful content? If yes, then you probably know which way to turn to, quantity, or quality.

There are some who feel that quantity is important to get to quality. They say that if you have a higher number of contacts, you obviously have a better chance to find high quality people than a person having limited contacts. There is also a view that people keep on changing all their lives, and so do their goals. An acquaintance that was not important earlier may suddenly become important to you. This implies that it is better to have a higher number of contacts than focusing on quality all the time. What when you are looking for a new job? This is when quantity is obviously of great importance.

For a company, it is a dilemma that it grapples with all the time. It is always desirous to have quality than quantity. But the company also knows that people look for quantity as well as quality which is why it is important for a company to maintain both quantity as well as quality. In short: (1) Quality is expressed in relative terms whereas quantity is expressed in absolute terms; (2) • Quality is desirous as people want quality in the products they use, the people they company with, and the services they make use of; and (3) There are circumstances when quantity becomes more significant than quality. Everyone knows that some products are low in quality, but they make them in quantity and flush the market with their products, and people too seem to enjoy having so many choices.

What about the quality vs quantity of the food that is purchased or the establishments that people elect to go to eat?

Food quality is the quality characteristics of food that is acceptable to consumers. This includes external factors as appearance (size, shape, colour, gloss, and consistency), texture, and flavor; factors such as federal grade standards and internal (chemical, physical, microbial).

Food quality is an important food manufacturing requirement, because food consumers are susceptible to any form of contamination that may occur during the manufacturing process. Many consumers also rely on manufacturing and processing standards, particularly to know what ingredients are present, due to dietary, nutritional requirements (kosher, halal, vegetarian, or even vegan), or medical conditions (e.g., diabetes or allergies).

I find it particularly disturbing in the world today that far too many people would choose to consume foods purchased at food courts (generally found at shopping malls), fast food or many chain restaurants (i.e., McDonald’s, Burger King, IHOP, etc.) the quality of the food offered is poor, high in calorie count, and nutritional value is virtually non-existent.   If given the choice between a meal from a fast food establishment or a green leafy salad, my choice would be the salad without hesitation. While there are many establishments that serve foods higher in protein, nutritional value, etc., still many go to the other places citing they are quicker and what they desire.   These poor choices that many are making unhealthy vs. healthy quality of food choices are a leading cause in the problem of obesity that is plaguing the world today.   Even making more healthy choices when food shopping goes a long way to changing this trend.   It’s not always easy, but once started on the proper path you’d wonder why you didn’t start earlier. There is even documented proof that many school systems are making substantial gains in serving better choices that is on lunch menus and much healthier choices.

Quality is expressed in relative terms, whereas quantity is expressed in absolute terms.

Quality is desirous as people want quality in the products they use, the people they keep company with and the services they make use of.

However, there are circumstances when quantity becomes more significant than quality. Everyone knows that some products are low in quality, but they make them in quantity and flush the market with their products, and people too seem to enjoy having so many choices.

How does a person determine what is more important, the quality or quantity of life? At the end of the day, it is a person’s own prerogative to decide which they value more. There may be many personal factors that play a role in an individual’s decision. No one can make this determination for another person, not even the scientists that have made miraculous discoveries in regards to healthcare. It is a personal decision that is a unique choice for each person to make for themselves.

Kathy Kiefer

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