Business has taken over the world – and is proud of that. As people, however, we should have some qualms about this – is it good for us or not?
To answer that question, however, we must first answer this question “Who do we mean when we speak of people?” The answer will depend on the culture addressed – and every culture is different.
I will restrict myself to the 21st Century American culture – and its many sub-cultures. In all of them Business (business with a capital P) is dominant – and is assumed to be Good – or perhaps even God.
This is the result of long development in the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries that we have not thought about very much – it just happened. And now we are living with the results – which includes people who do not want to think about what happened – because Business forbids this.
Lots of people, however, are questioning the dominance of Business – but not doing a very good job of it. They feel, somehow – that it is wrong, but cannot say why. And they take the easy path out – and don’t think about it. After all, they need their jobs – and they are not going to bite the hand that feeds them.
It is tempting to go back and describe what happened to get us to where we are – this is the usual approach – a careful analysis of history. But I will bite the bullet instead – and insist on staying in the present, and dealing with what we have now. Especially the dominance of Business.
We can simply say “This is the way it is!” And then plan were we want to go from here. This is not difficult, in theory – but in practice, it is nearly impossible. Because people are scared to death.
But we can continue by noting that people are scared to death – paralyzed with fear. They are not aware of this consciously – but unconsciously, this fear dominates their lives.
When we speak of people – were are speaking of at least two personalities – their conscious and their unconscious selves.
The discovery of the Unconscious was a key discovery of the early 20th Century. And now we are experiencing the denial of it. We are, in fact – in denial.
Once again, we can say “This is the way it is!”