The act of maintaining anything is ultimately a method of analyzing it, learning about it, and repeatedly determining its value.
The wonderful but underappreciated art of maintenance could aid in the preservation of modernity’s greatest accomplishments, such as electricity networks and public transportation systems, and act as a valuable framework for addressing climate change and other urgent planetary restrictions. The distinction between maintenance and repair is this. Repair is the process of mending something that is previously damaged. Making anything last is the goal of maintenance. If climate change and other urgent planetary restrictions are not addressed, they could replicate the localized austerity of a cash-strapped transportation agency on a global scale. Maintenance could provide a valuable framework for addressing these issues.