On Wed, 26 Jan 2000 06:03:37 -0800, Loren Muldowney wrote:
>What an idealistic simpleton I have been. I actually believed the
>speeches about how empowering higher education is. I cannot believe it
>has taken me this long to fully grasp what we are up against. My more
>cynical colleagues no doubt figured it out decades ago.
Peter Senge (Fifth Discipline, and others) perhaps summarised it best
when he pointed out that empowering people when there is a low degree
of alignment [in where they collectively as a group are headed]
actually *increases* the chaos and makes managing the group or getting
anything meaningful accomplished *more* difficult.
Life and politics in the present day is a powerful demonstration of
Senge's point. Agriculture is a great example.
>And I am supposed to be grateful that others are looking out for my best
>interests, which they are certain cannot be determined by yours truly.
I'm actually surprised this hasn't come up in the raw milk discussion,
but think about fluoridation of public water supplies. It constitutes
what amounts to forced mass medication for a *non-communicable*
disease, unlike the chlorine added to control numerous highly
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