I was asked the other day why I’d posted on this blog about the apparent war between science and religion. What did that have to do with it all?
Well, I’m writing this blog to slowly but surely outline my view of the world. I have no intention of separating my thoughts about business and work from my thoughts about culture and society.
Put simply, remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? The pile of stuff that’s important to humans? Right. Does it say anywhere “work”? No.
We work, we do business, to achieve these things. I recognized that some people achieve them with their work, but it is a convenient fiction to say that if you find a job you love you’ll never work a day in your life. I call shenanigans!
One of my business mentors once threw a bucket of cold water in my face “Those who are Successful are interested in the Result, and are not concerned with what the Method looks like. Those who are Unsuccessful are interested in the Method, and then JUSTIFY the results.” I can still hear the capital letters…
A light went on, and there was no hiding from it once it was on. I knew some many people who were doing something that looked awesome to them, only to find that it’s still a job, still more about the business than the thing, and finding that the love had turned to poison.
But the happy ones, the ones climbing to Maslow’s Peak, didn’t give a tinkers about what they had to do, no matter how unappealing. They did it to get what they wanted. Oh, and the happiest ones did it by helping others and largely never disagreeing with anyone!
So, in my world, it’s as important to think about why things matter, why science, why religion, what good do they do, and to look for ways to reduce disagreement and self-righteousness, as it is to think about the things that we do to get there.
Oh, and by the way, I personally define “good” as “that which makes more possibility” and “bad” as “that which reduces possibility”. Let’s keep it simple, eh?
Makes sense, doesn’t it?