Good is better than fast, is one of the reasons. Becoming a cog will get you replaced when a newer cog comes along. They won't miss you.
Well, some cogs are pretty essential. I do remember being able to still drive my old Chevy with a cog missing in the gear assembly. I skipped over that gear level and compensated. Of course I learned to shift that old Chevy without using the clutch.. it was a good game. (Maybe that's what happened to the cog?)
But I digress.
How does Seth know these things, anyway? Could it be because he has experienced cogmanship?
I really think there is a value in apprenticeship, because an astute apprentice knows all kinds of things his master may not realize. He gets to work the long hours and watch the mice stealing the paste or the insulation.
Just saying. It's about “too many chiefs and not enough indians”, as my parents said, not aware of how un-PC it is to say that phrase.
But I think Seth, to be fair, is suggesting that smaller canoes are better and that a few smart and skilled Tribesmen can do better on the tricky river than a long-boat with a lot of weary oarsmen and a VIP CEO oblivious to the cost of wearing out his men for frivolous reasons.