Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Friday, October 5, 2012
More Fixing Democracy, Part 1
This is the first in a new series of posts on how to make
our democracy work better based on an article in The Intelligent Optimist
magazine (formerly Ode) by Mary Parker Follett, a management consultant and
author, taken from her book, The New
State, originally published in 1918 and still very relevant today.
“No government will be successful, no government will
endure, which does not rest on the individual.Up to the present moment we have never seen the individual. Yet the
search for him has been the whole long striving of our history.We sought him through the method of
representation and failed to find him. We sought to reach him by extending the
suffrage to every man and then to every woman [and every race] and yet he
eludes us.Direct government now seeks
the individual; but as we have not found him by sending more people to the
ballot box, so we shall not find him by sending people more often to the ballot box.
“Are our constitutional conventions to sit and congratulate
themselves on their progressive ideas while they are condemning us to a new
form of our old particularism--the ballot box?How completely that has failed us! Direct government as at present
generally understood is a mere phantom of democracy. Democracy is not a sum in
addition. Democracy is not brute numbers; it is a genuine union of true