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An escalating, violent tit-for-tat may lead to terrorism.
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Any great organization can go through sectarian phases.
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As to the staff, if they put up with never having a chance to criticise or no chance to band together, the management will get a culture of apathy.
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Behind a leader there must be followers, but they should always be on the lookout for the main chance and ready to change sides if the current leader doesn't deliver.
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Enclave life becomes very tense, Even when they do elect a leader, the factions remain, with the threat of splitting off.
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Every year the progress of advanced capitalist society makes our population consist of more and more isolates. This is because of the infrastructure of the economy, especially electronic communications.
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Hierarchy is is much reviled in the present day.
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Hierarchy works well in a stable environment.
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I am convinced that living in an enclave shapes the personality, and living alone shapes the personality too.
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I am not sure about a future in which the organized religions clash with each other even more than before, just when the Pope is going round asking for forgiveness for our past sins, and trying to make friends with Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism.
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I am saying this to be fair; at heart, I like hierarchy best. It would be so good if everyone had to look in his heart and discover a private cultural preference.
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I am sure I do believe in real injustice. But I also believe that each of the four cultures takes a different view of injustice on any important issue.
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I am sure it must be true that people opt out of the mainstream society because they feel that there are going to be no rewards for them, if they stay.
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I have increasingly, over the years, felt that religion today does our civilization more harm than good.
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I have lately with some others been discussing cults, and their consequences when they arrive in organizations brought together for other purposes. For instance, in large corporations they can distract workers from their normal work.
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If people want to compete for leadership of a religious group, they can compete in piety. A chilling thought. Or funny.
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If we flatten them with guns or missiles we inflame their rage and give more proof of our essential injustice.
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If you want a real culture to contrast with individualism, you need to compare them both, and realize that a culture of individualism also has a strong up/down dimension.
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If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization.
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If, instead of hating enclaves and fundamentalists, we have to ask ourselves why they hate us.
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In Iraq, culture has been squashed out. That is the trouble. No trust, no judicial solutions, no certainty.
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Individualism produces leaders, relies on them and gives them a lot of responsibility, but because they have little to say or do except to follow, that doesn't make them inhabit a hierarchy.
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Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination.
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Inside a religious body you get sects and hierarchies, inside an information network you get bazaars and cathedrals, it is the same, call them what you like. They survive by pointing the finger of blame at each other.
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Islam is in principle egalitarian, and has always had problems with power.
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It is always a great excitement to discover something important about how a sacred book was composed some 2,000 years ago. I found that the book is designed as a projection of the Tabernacle.
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It is only partly true that religion does more harm than good in society. The community makes God into the image it wants, vengeful, or milky sweet, or scrupulously just, and so on.
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It is very reasonable to worry about the harm done by organized religion, and to prefer looser and more private arrangements.
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It seems true that the growth of science and secularism made organized Christianity feel under threat.
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It would be nice to think we are trading a duller world for a more peaceful one, but no, there will always be some injustice to be angry about.
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It's unlikely that the organized religions will get more sectarian... or is it? I am not at all sure.
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Just in our lifetime our society has become looser and more private, it becomes extremely difficult to hold to any permanent commitment whatever, least of all to organized religion.
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Market principles are very competitive. There are more losers than winners, and the losers are in pain and sorrow.
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Mormons... are so strong, they can handle wealth, they are confident. I think it is because they are not bogged down by rules for equality, but have a firmly defined system of relative status and responsible command.
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One day the isolates will be tempted to join a sect that puts their sense of injustice into words. And the sect may even give them a chance to do something about it. Watch out!
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Our technological infrastructure alienates us from each other. No need to form a workplace community, everybody there will be out in a year or two, and so will you, looking for a better place.
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People mostly think of worldview or culture as existing independently, nothing to do with problems of coordination.
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Pretensions to moral superiority are devastatingly destructive.
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Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve, it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions. And it does not provide buffers between members, so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other.
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Religion can make it worse. Are you supposing that if people were encouraged to believe in a transcendent reality, and to be encouraged by grand rituals and music and preaching, to love their neighbors, then they would put jealousy and frustration aside?
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Since 1970, relationships can be more volatile, jobs more ephemeral, geographical mobility more intensified, stability of marriage weaker.
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Smiles and other supportive signals just look hypocritical if they don't fit the organization.
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So many reasons for being angry or unhappy, no wonder the enclaves have got recruits beating down the path to their doors.
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Some scholars have been arguing that a civilizational clash between organized religions is the next step in human history.
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Striking a blow for justice is close to heroic suicide. But some young people feel their lives are not worth living. It is a generation issue.
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The Benedictine rule is supposed to keep the monks firmly apart. The rules of where they should be and what doing at any time of the day and night effectively keep them apart.
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The Catholic Church is essentially hierarchical in its structure.
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The enclave strategy is to push the conflict to the border between insiders and outsiders. Other kinds of culture have other problems and solutions.
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The hierarchy only works if there is a lot of trust, but it makes trust credible. We keep undoing hierarchy when we see it creeping in, and then we wonder why we are so dominated by the media.
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The history of the Church of Rome is a constant leakage of members into such breakaway cults, which go on splitting.
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The Mosaic dietary laws are for the people of Israel, not for everyone.
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The natural response of the old-timers is to build a strong moral wall against the outside. This is where the world starts to be painted in black and white, saints inside, and sinners outside the wall.
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The rule of holding goods in common... The Amish instituted this rule, which really barred anyone thinking they could leave and start up their own business.
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The theory of cultural bias... is the idea that a culture is based on a particular form of organization. It can't be transplanted except to another variant of that organization.
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We ought to be able to learn from the past histories of enclaves, to discover what is going to happen to ours.
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What did our nation ever do to provoke these madly vicious enemies? What is seen as injustice in one place is seen as just requital in the other.
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When we are reflecting on terrorism we can grieve for many things we do and have done.
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Without that assured American largesse Israel would have been obliged to come to an accommodation with her neighbours.
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Yes, disappointment over perceived unfairness, injustice, promises not kept, tends to go hand in hand with increasing prosperity. Expectations are dashed. What can I say!
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