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  •  Refresh mindset, yes ... (3+ / 0-)
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    peraspera, farleftcoast, kraant

    The biggest problem - and this is hardly new - is that those who in decent financial situations in jobs where they feel their gains stem directly from their individual efforts are fairly blind believers in the Protestant work ethic. They believe too much in the ideology of individualism and fail to see that they only prosper as a highly dependent part of a community.

    Some fields get past this problem by appealing mostly to people on what passes as the left in the U.S., or people with strong backgrounds in the history of labor and economics. Academia, for example (my field). We unionize because we've bought into the idea that working for the greater good starts with a focus on the community rather than on the individual.

    How to change that mindset among those where profit motives drive actions more, and where incentives seem geared to individual performance, even though they're really geared towards maintaining the ideology of the individual which then keeps the community fractured ... I'm not sure.

    "Pain always produces logic, which is very bad for you." - Frank O'Hara

    by journey man on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 04:53:36 PM PDT

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