I don’t feel as much of an impact with this one however, it feels necessary to add it as a stepping stone to others (of greater impact) that I feel are still coming to the fore.
Short cuts are variously described and, the one which seems to best fit what is being communicated here, comes from thefreedictionary.com and refers to a short cut as a more direct one than the usual one or a means of saving time and effort. Scholastic books by Oxford and Miriam Webster have good technical stuff but, here, I try to cut to the chase with a simple wording.
For instance, what if the first; about the shorter aspect; is true but not the second? If a short cut can be illustrated by a line that’s closer to straight than the one we’re used to could it have remained unused due to metaphorical thickets of brambles and ups and downs? The short cut may be geographically shorter but, involves a longer running use of time and effort. Could this be why the term appears to sometimes be used derisively?
Also, if the trip through the traditional, and geographically longer, way is a journey, of learning or revelation, then the traveller may be deprived by a lesser benefit if some necessary subjective/experiential input gets replaced by experiencing non productive hardship. The hardship may teach about something else but, only by distracting attention to other issues that lesson the overall focus.
On the other hand, a short cut could be an overall improvement; usually, but not limited to, an increase in efficiency and a further grasp in the principles that contributed to the increase in efficiency. Perhaps this route was known, but never used, due to a stereotyping of all short cuts as a loss through rejecting the process of a complete task that leads to a well derived conclusion. Couldn’t this stereotyping also be related to the metaphorical term of “elbow joggling” which seeks to disqualify a worker’s skill or product through means which do not involve truths but, rather, a hidden emotional violence which is presented as valid data?
After all, the best carpenter (of our modern era) couldn’t drive a nail in properly if another person stood behind him/her and joggled their elbow.