On this blog, I talk about how it’s not about what happens, it’s how we respond that matters. In a similar way, it’s not about the organizational or political system that’s in place, it’s what the people in that system bring to it. Who we are is all that matters. It is the only thing that determines truth.
Communism, for example, is a political model high on ideals. But in practice it has frequently devolved into a top down hierarchy, squelching creativity and innovation. In the west, it is widely despised, yet socialist principles are commonly practiced in fields such as education and medicine to great success.
Capitalism elicits equal extremes. It is often held in high regard or deemed evil. In it’s common form, the pursuit of profits as a sole purpose, a monster is created that damages the very point of it’s existence. Yet that same monster has elevated the prosperity and longevity of the average person like no other in recent history. It has allowed pluralism, free speech, international travel, global communication, choice, and comfort that would shock our ancestors.
Clearly, capitalism encourages innovation and growth. What it’s missing is a purpose larger than itself. Thus, the issue lies not with the system but with the consciousness of the group.
The current financial crisis tends to highlight the faults with the system. In pursuit of blame, the smaller awareness seeks to throw it away or add more rules and conditions. What is really needed is a new paradigm. A paradigm that arises from a fresh perspective in consciousness.
What Capitalism or any other system needs is to understand it’s mission and purpose. And not those dry corporate slogans that came out back in the ’90’s. But a deep understanding of the meaning and purpose that define it’s existence.
Is it here to profit from movies, for example, or to bring enjoyment to people? If it’s not for people, it has no real purpose.
Often, things like meaning, ethics, and purpose are assumed. They are built into the conceptual awareness of the initiators. They begin a grand vision with great principles. But those unstated assumptions quickly get lost as the vision becomes a structure, then an organization. As work is compartmentalized and delegated. Soon, it can lose it’s soul.
We see this loss of meaning in all kinds of effects – dropping volunteerism, low voter turnout, rising poverty in affluent cities, rising petty crime, drug and alcohol abuse, and so forth.
Science is much the same way. In the pursuit of objectivity, scientists are prone to forget who they are and what they bring to the table. Science becomes dry facts, devoid of meaning and purpose. Humanity becomes a machine, preprogrammed as an accident of nature, at the mercy of it’s biology. It becomes OK to build weapons that could destroy all life when it’s an us vs. them.
In the same way, the corporation becomes a machine, churning out it’s product without consideration of actual value, it’s purpose, or the consequence and role of it’s production. The Story of Stuff certainly illustrates this.
All of this points to our lack of internal connection to the source of meaning. Who we are.
When we see who we are, meaning is restored. We see with meaning. And that brings a broader perspective. A more inclusive perspective. One less either/or and more and. When the participants in the organization wake up to who they are, it will wake up the corporation, both creatively and ethically.
When we find meaning, many of societies ills will fade. When we find peace within, we will see peace without. When we find happiness within, it will spill out through our actions, products, even our very presence in the market. This does not have to be planned & implemented. The effect is automatic.
This is the true corporate leadership dawning. Not leadership in service or marketing but leadership in being.
Nothing is more important at this time. Without a restoration of purpose and meaning, the hollow shell of the economy will be overshadowed by other rising economies. Our standard of living will slide and some of what has been achieved will be lost. But don’t look for meaning out there. Only within, in who you are. That’s why you’re here. If we can learn this one thing, we will surpass our dreams of possibility.
Last Updated on November 11, 2017 by Davidya
Thank you for saying so eloquently what I have been feeling: form is secondary to content. It matters not the economic structure that we use to facilitate our social direction and growth. If we’re asleep at the wheel, not looking down the road or to the next horizon, if we are content to just have the pedal to the metal thinking that we are winning just because we are going the fastest, well, we’re seeing the results of that game plan (or lack of one) now.
The idea that any economic or political system is only as beneficial and nurturing as those that live it and implement it is obvious, it would seem to me. That begs the question, why have we not, as a culture, or even a species, made more effort to facilitate our maturation and spiritual growth. Perhaps that has begun to happen now.
Of course I realize, as soon as I write those words, that it begins with me. If I wait for someone else to resolve the problem then I wait in vain. Also, we are assuming the current situation is a bad thing when the truth may be that it is the best thing that could happen to me/us. It is what it is so that we may learn, or at least experience, what the universe wants/needs us to. Perhaps this is how we wake ourselves from the the stupor some of us have been in. I know it has made me take a long, hard look at my intent and place in society. And so it goes……
Thanks for the feedback. I saw a film (only online now) last night called Mindwalk. It explored this idea, through poetry, physics, and politics, basically saying we don’t have many, many problems, just a single problem of perception.
You’ve said it very well. Why have we not? Because we’ve been caught up in our own stories, acting out our dramas and beliefs. When we become self aware enough to start choosing better, things change.
Yes, and sometimes what we need is a push. Or even a kick in the pants. We may call this suffering but in retrospect, we may notice such things were the best thing to have happened to us.
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