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Forty years ago, the trees in the above pictures were about 2 metres high. And I must have been about ‘a head’ shorter than today.
When I rediscovered these trees, I had to go far back in time, to identify the place. In those days, on the left, there were thousands of Xmas trees, and on the right side of the path, tiny poplars. Mind tries to fill in the gaps, but the place is on the brink of becoming unidentifiable.
Mind doesn’t like this unidentifiability.
It wants a steady state. All the time!
This is the drama of permanizing.
Mental mind wants to hold on to power at any position, trying to create a steady identity, a controllable world.
Stifling its own innovation, stifling creativity, stifling any dynamism, only in order to control impermanence …
A system, an organisation, a business, a club, is a set of many identities — many minds wanting to control their own little worlds.
And when the majority of identities hold on to their power, (and they usually do)
the system turns into a monster:
Inside the system: dictators at all levels, hitlers and executioners.
At the smallest scales: a reception desk; people behind a counter …
At the largest scales: superpower states and multinational enterprises.
Those minds who want to hold on to their control of permanence and power,
all become dictators, in so many ways and colours as the mind can invent.
All these systems, once started from a creative idea, an internal drive, an individual, a group of friends …
But as time evolves all the individuals in the system will resist change!
[… time is change — it is measured as a change: “The second is the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium 133 atom.“ ]
Now there is a problem: a strange rule concerning time dictates that there is a ‘need for growth’ which implies change.
But this growth needs to be controlled by all means, thus rules an regulations are invented to control this so called ‘growth’. We get a cocktail of subsystems and people. And all these people and levels of organisation will resist change. While proclaiming growth, they hold on to all their regulations in such a way that growth becomes a struggle against itself.
… growth needs HR …
[what a demeaning name: human resources — humans as a resource, like a fertilizer or an energy source]
People get hired. They are left unaware of the spirit of the founding friends, and will follow the rules that give them power and control like soldiers, later sergeants and majors, resisting any change … creating a kind of “Stanford Prison Experiment” (or why not, the NSA)
Somewhere in that process, most often, the original founders get pushed aside, or they leave themselves.
And so seemingly all by itself, the system, office, organisation, school, state, business … has become a monster.
A system where following rules and regulations has completely replaced creativity and where the sentence:
“it’s not my duty to replace a light bulb”
will reverberate against the marble walls of the newly inaugurated headquarters …