Harpagon

I saw a performance of Moliere´s play Harpagon and saw how trust was build towards Valerius. Harpagon was interogating employees of his house about the whereabouts of Valerius and a cook told him that he saw him walking around the garden (where Harpagon hid his treasures). Harpagon, although greedy, accepted that he was there and did not think about his walking in the garden as laziness. Unfortunately, Harpagon in this case is a prototype of a miser, but should it be any other master of his servants(not greedy) he would not as well consider respite of his servants as laziness. It has to work vica versa – the owner must know that they need a respite and that walking in the garden is nothing wrong and the servant must fulfill his duties and not be lazy. Harpagon is a prototype of a very rigid and radical capitalist as well . He wants to use his servants as much as possible to have as high revenues as possible. If one thinks only about economic benefits then any relationship and trust is doomed. The owner should not dismiss an employee just because of his need or want to relax in the garden, although he should/might be working more. Trust is build if the owner lets his servants relax whenever they want (if they fulfill their duties) and the employees do not make us of his benevolence to skip their duties.

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