The Suffering & Dreaming Organization

Back in July, blogger Dick Richards wrote an entry on the inherent in-human-ness of organizations. He says:

~ "To be human is to be imperfect. To be human is to be vulnerable. Humanity is denied when organizations encourage norms requiring that we relinquish our imperfection and our vulnerability, and require instead that we bring only our competitive nature, our striving, and the pretense of perfection and invulnerability within their doors. They then become inhuman."

I commented on Dick's site, "Taking this to the corporate world, I’d say that organizations are inherently (and wonderfully) broken…and gifted…because they are collections of people."

Organizations are mostly inhuman, often insane, places to spend your time. They deny basic aspects of our humanity.

His entry reminded me of the theme of brokenness that I have written about here at this blog. So I'd add to Dick's blog:

~ To be human is to be broken. To be human is to suffer.

Therefore, all human organizations, from families, to churches, to corporations, are all inherently broken and suffering.

Now before you start weeping, let me add that this is just the way it is.

And it's only half of the story. The other half is that:

~ To be human is to be creative. To be human is to dream.

Therefore all human organizations have the potential (though almost always denied) to be wildly creative and dream-filled.

Now the $64,000 Question: Can you name one organization on the planet that recognizes this truth and consciously designs itself on that basis?

In other words, an organization that starts from awareness of suffering, unleashes creativity, and sustains dreaming?

Posted by Terrence Seamon, September 9, 2009


Dick Richards said…
" organization that starts from awareness of suffering, unleashes creativity, and sustains dreaming?"

I can think only of 12-step recovery organizations, but there's inherently no profit (in the business sense) there.
Terrence Seamon said…
Good point about no profit, in the business sense, Dick. But clearly there is profit, in the spiritual sense, in such programs and in many non-profit and church organizations too.

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