And it is not working because it is not supposed to be working. It is supposed to self-destruct, and it is doing just that.
Now that I have made such an outlandish statement I must back it up – so tighten your set belts.
Everyone will agree that something is wrong with the world – but few can agree on what that is – or how serious it is. And most do not even want to try – and that, I think, is the core of the problem – the people in our world have changed fundamentally – and don’t really want to make their world work. And, in fact, are dead set against it.
It may seem at this point that I have not solved the problem – but only made it worse. But stay with me, and you will see that this very wide view is crucial for solving the problem. We have to back up and see that the problem is us – not a new observation at all.
How does business come into the picture? Because somehow, business has become our obsession – and we have turned over our lives to it. This seemed to happen just as I joined the working force – in the Sixties. People changed from being Individuals to being Organizational people. People of the Office.
The timing may seem strange to you. Were not the Sixties the time when we (or at least the young) revolted at just this development? Yes it was – but the Sixties were smashed – and smashed completely.
Business said “You may want freedom, but what you want even more are jobs. And we have all the jobs.” And all those freedom-loving young people (including me) went to work – very obediently, it seemed. But inside, deep inside, we were very indignant – and determined to destroy that which had destroyed us.
And this is still the case. The young, who have nothing to look forward too, have reacted – and are not the friendliest of people. Who can blame them?
In my working life in California high-tech (which, in retrospect, was an intense learning experience) I noticed what no one else seemed to notice. That companies were coming and going like fruit flies. And almost none of them were producing a decent product – and didn’t seem to want to. They were concentrating on something else – and that seemed to be destruction of everything in sight – including the company in question.
And I noticed something else – that no one was noticing this.
In short, people had become business people – business had become destructive – and the people in it are incapable of noticing this.
Or, to put this another way – the Business System is not working.
At this point I must make an important point. All this was happening in our unconscious – individually and collectively. This, by its nature, cannot not be viewed directly. We have to infer what is going on there by observing our actions. By forming a hypothesis that explains our actions. For some reason, this effort is strongly resisted.
People do not want to believe what they have become.