At your service?

Dalrymple ponders a difficult (and unlikely) question about a recent experience with a government service: What made it so good?

I very much doubt that those who worked in it were well paid: they were certainly not in it for their own financial advancement. I think there were probably two conditions: first that the work was intrinsically meaningful and interesting to those who performed it, and second that the staff had a genuine desire to serve.

Dalrymple at The Hilarious Pessimist

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