If I am dogmatic, I have identified myself with a fixed position. My position is the position and that’s that. Some men are so identified with their mental positions that they clericalize them.
We cannot correct other people. We cannot even correct ourselves. Correctional work is the province of the pathologically pious.
Because something within us rejects the middle of the road. Because social adjustment is measured by the degree to which this antipathy is concealed. Because love is not organized and Eros is elsewhere.
Individual egos generate all manner of interpersonal suffering, but the damage inflicted by collective egos—which are the congealment of conformity—is vastly worse. Patriotism is ego in a uniform. Us and them.
An organization’s culture is its ego. Since ego is utterly obdurate, well-intended efforts to change the culture go nowhere. Whistleblowers are professionally slain while conformity is elevated to a virtue and called loyalty.