We are instructed by a consumer culture to want what we don’t have. ‘Do you have this? Get it!’ As a consequence, we become blind to what we do have, inhabiting a self-created demimonde where the light of gratitude is a dead wick.
CEO culture leads us to think that anger can be managed. It can’t.
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.
Every cultural bromide eventually succumbs to its own fatuity. Now on deathwatch: ‘thoughts and prayers’. If intercessory prayer had any efficacy at all, would there not by now be some evidence for it?
When a man says, “I think,” that’s typically not what is happening. It’s more likely that he is being thought, that the culture is cuing him up and telling him what to say.