Humanity, Right Livelihood
& Quality of Life: Tactics
"One is born with intrinsic motivation, self-esteem, dignity, cooperation,
curiosity, joy in learning. These attributes are high at the beginning
of life, but are gradually crushed by the forces of destruction."
"The forces of destruction come from the present style of reward,
and their effects. What they do is to squeeze out from an individual, over
his lifetime, his innate intrinsic motivation, self-esteem, dignity. They
build into him fear, self-defense, extrinsic motivation. We have been destroying
our people, from toddlers on through university, and on the job. We must
preserve the power of intrinsic motivation, dignity, cooperation, curiosity,
joy in learning that people are born with." W. Edwards Deming, The New Economics
What distinguishes 21st Century living from the past? How do we know
it's improved? By what method(s) will the quality of life improve?
extraordinary is happening in American society. Criss-crossed by invisible
trip wires of emotional, racial, sexual, and psychological grievance, American
life is increasingly characterized by the plaintive insistence, I am
a victim. The victim-ization of America is remarkably egalitarian.
From the addicts of the South Bronx to the self-styled emotional road-kills
of Manhattan's Upper East Side, the mantra of the victims is the same:
I am not responsible; it's not my fault. . . The ethos of victimization
has an endless capacity not only for exculpating one's self from blame
. . . but also for projecting guilt onto others." A NATION OF VICTIMS; Charles J. Sykes, 1992
This societal condition of "victimization" . . .
do not lack the technology to tackle most of the problems facing us. .
. and where we do not yet have the necessary means, we know how to set
about developing them. Nor are we short of the money needed to save the
world. The WorldWatch Institute in Washington, D.C., has estimated that
the total cost of a six-year program to protect the soil, reforest the
land, reduce population growth, retire the debts of the developing countries,
raise energy efficiency, and develop renewable sources of energy would
amount to around $750 billion. A lot it would seem . . . until we compare
it to the more than $1 trillion the nations of the world currently spend
on arms in just one year." VOICES ON THE THRESHOLD OF TOMORROW; Georg Feuerstein and Trisha Lamb
Current resource expenditures are driven by
systems enjoy success by destroying communities. They trick us into thinking
that we must fight them as individuals. They trick us into thinking there
is nothing but ourselves. As individuals we haven't a prayer against big
systems." Donna Schaper, as quoted in STEWARDSHIP; Peter Block, 1993
Emerging processes, tools, and environments will favor . . .
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