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.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
More Fixing Democracy, Part 2
This is the next 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.
“How is that genuine union to be attained, how is the true
individual to be discovered? The party has always ignored him; it wants merely
a crowd, a preponderance of votes. The early reform associations had the same
aim. Both wanted voters, not individuals. It makes little difference whether we
follow the boss or follow the good government associations, this is the herd
life—‘following the lead’—democracy means a wholly different kind of existence.To follow means to murder the individual,
means to kill the only force in the world which can make the Perfect
Society—democracy depends upon the creative power of every man.
“We find the true man only through group organization. The
potentialities of the individual remain potentialities until they are released
by group life.Man discovers his true nature,
gains his true freedom only through the group. Group organization must be the
new method of politics because the modes by which the individual can be brought
forth and made effective are the modes of practical politics.
“Group organization releases us from the domination of mere
numbers. Thus democracy transcends time and space; it can never be understood
except as a spiritual force. Majority rule rests in numbers; democracy rests on
the well-grounded assumption that society is neither a collection of units nor
an organism but a network of human relations.”