The seven year apprenticeship was a sine qua non of the master cabinetmaker in the 18th century. No one could be a master without that training even though a good part of it was servile, making tea, sweeping floors, toting materials. Little thought was given to talent as the rule was the rule.
I had a class in high school called “Situation Ethics”. The idea was that every situation, every problem that might arise, was different and called for tailored solutions. Of course, situation ethics occasionally contradicted both law and mores, but that was the point–solutions were paramount. Situation ethics was discredited for this approach. It was just too…., amoral.
There are no more seven year apprenticeships. The concept started to die in the 18th century. The demands on cabinetmakers for goods required that businesses, at least businesses that wanted to prosper, adapt. It is interesting to note how when businesses adapt to situation, it is a good thing, when people do, it is not.