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A permanent division of labor inevitably creates occupational and class inequality and conflict.
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An organized religion tends to require that its members live in certain specified ways and accept certain specified beliefs.
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Anyone who seeks power wants absolute power.
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As such people achieve influence within the organization, whenever there is a conflict between their own interest and the interest of the organization, their interests will win out.
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As the political aspect becomes more and more influential, the organization ceases to be useful to its members and starts using them.
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Because the better an organization is at fulfilling its purpose, the more it attracts people who see the organization as an opportunity to advance themselves.
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But instead I usually say that, though it may surprise them, I too believe in the necessity of organization.
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But the more an organization succeeds and prospers, the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals, principles and purposes.
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Even while we busily attend meetings, contribute money and perform our assigned tasks, we suspect that we may be helping to create a force that is inimical to many values we hold dear.
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Every combination of two or more human beings has both a useful aspect and a political aspect.
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I think there may be ways to tame the organizational beast, though I have hardly room in this essay to do more than suggest that such means exist.
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Indeed, if our ancestors of millions of years ago hadn't learned how to care for one another and hunt in packs, they'd all have ended up being eaten by leopards.
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Indeed, one of the most successful and influential religious organizations in history, the Society of Jesus, was consciously modeled along military lines by its founder, Ignatius Loyola.
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Individuals, too, who cultivate a variety of skills seem brighter, more energetic and more adaptable than those who know how to do one thing only.
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It is instructive, for instance, to trace the computer industry's decline in vision, idealism, creativity, romance and sheer fun as it becomes more and more important and prosperous.
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It often happens that when a person possesses a particular ability to an extraordinary degree, nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent in every other department.
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Just as predatory animals follow a similar general design and behave in similar ways, so organizations, especially those in competition with one another, must follow certain design principles if they are to succeed and prevail.
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Military organization, like religious organization, can be seen as a paradigm of organization in general.
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Of all human inventions the organization, a machine constructed of people performing interdependent functions, is the most powerful.
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One simple way to keep organizations from becoming cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular, frequent and mandatory basis, including the leadership positions.
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Organized religion provides a model of the way all organizations, from the state down to the village garden club, end a price in terms of a member's freedom of thought and action.
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That the more authoritarian organizations survive and prevail goes generally unnoticed because people focus on the objectives of organizations, which are many and varied, rather than on their structures, which lend to be similar.
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The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent, like the ability to play chess, paint pictures, do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets.
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The Gnostics were rapidly driven out of business by the hierarchical orthodox Christians.
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The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength.
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This whole phenomenon of the diversion of organizations from their purposes and ideals does not seem very serious when the scum rise to the top in the bridge club or the offices of a small magazine publisher.
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Thus we see, in Communist countries, the party runs everything from the state police to the local chess club; whereas in capitalist countries one corporation will manufacture cars, rent out security guards, publish newspapers, bake bread, launch space satellites and pave over rain forests.
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To reject even one major tenet of the religion or to violate one major rule of behavior is enough to get one kicked out - or worse.
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Ultimately we may still ask, why can't humans design a perfect society?
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When it comes to inter-corporate fighting, an engineer who knows how to design a superlative computer has no more chance against an apparatchik than he would in the ring with a sumo wrestler.
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Whereas among the so-called social insects, the individual's well-being is largely sacrificed to the needs to the group.
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While it may seem wasteful for people to spend part of their time working at jobs they are not particularly good at, and even detrimental to the organization's goals, the healthiest societies do seem to be those that encourage people to do a variety of things - as in pioneer America.
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You are attached to what you attack.
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