SOCIETY OF PERFORMING ORGANIZATION
“BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM.”
Society in all developed countries has become a society of organizations in which most, if not all, social tasks are being done in and by an organization. Organizations do not exist for their own sake. They are means: each society’s organ for the discharge of one social task. The organization’s goal is a specific contribution to individual and society. The test of its performance, unlike that of a biological organism, therefore, always lies outside itself. This means that we must know what “performance” means for this or that institution.
Each institution will be the stronger the more clearly it defines its objectives. It will be more effective the more yardsticks and measurements there are against which its performance can be appraised. It will be more legitimate the more strictly it bases authority on justification by performance. “By their fruits ye shall know them” – this might well be the fundamental constitutional principle of the new pluralist society of institutions.
ACTION POINT: Are your performance yardsticks appropriate to your objectives?
THE PURPOSE OF SOCIETY
SOCIETY IS ONLY MEANINGFUL IF ITS PURPOSE AND IDEALS MAKE SENSE IN TERMS OF THE INDIVIDUAL’S PURPOSES AND IDEALS.
For the individual there is no society unless he has social status and function. There must be a definite functional relationship between individual life and group life. For the individual without function and status, society is irrational, incalculable, and shapeless. The “rootless” individual, the outcast – for absence of social function and status casts a man from the society of his fellows – sees no society. He sees only demoniac forces, half sensible, half meaningless, half in light and half in darkness, but never predictable. They decide about his life and his livelihood without the possibility of interference on his part, indeed without the possibility of his understanding them. He is like a blindfolded man in a strange room playing game of which he does not know the rules.
ACTION POINT: Make time to reach out to a “rootless” person who may be unemployed or retired. Drop them a note of support or take them out to lunch.
“Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint.”
“Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens”
“Cakes are healthy too, you just eat a small slice.”
“Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy
Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.”
ROY T. BENNETT
“A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement”
JESS C. SCOTT
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.”
“We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.”
“One rarely falls in love without being as much attracted to what is interestingly wrong with someone as what is objectively healthy.”
ALAIN DE BOTTON
“You are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. But you won’t discover this until you are willing to stop banging your head against the wall of shaming and caging and fearing yourself. (p. 84)”
“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”
WINSTON S. CHURCHILL
“Happiness is part of who we are. Joy is the feeling”
“Money cannot buy health, but I’d settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair.”
“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.”
“Don’t destroy yourself by allowing negative people add gibberish and debris to your character, reputation, and aspirations. Keep all dreams alive but discreet, so that those with unhealthy tongues won’t have any other option than to infest themselves with their own diseases.”
MICHAEL BASSEY JOHNSON, THE INFINITY SIGN
“An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.”
“Elsewhere the paper notes that vegetarians and vegans (including athletes) ‘meet and exceed requirements’ for protein. And, to render the whole we-should-worry-about-getting-enough-protein-and-therefore-eat-meat idea even more useless, other data suggests that excess animal protein intake is linked with osteoporosis, kidney disease, calcium stones in the urinary tract, and some cancers. Despite some persistent confusion, it is clear that vegetarians and vegans tend to have more optimal protein consumption than omnivores. “
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
“Freedom from obsession is not about something you do; it’s about knowing who you are. It’s about recognizing what sustains you and what exhausts you. What you love and what you think you love because you believe you can’t have it. (p. 163)”
“I am not my body. My body is nothing without me.”
“I always take Scotch whiskey at night as a preventive of toothache. I have never had the toothache; and what is more, I never intend to have it.”
“Objection, evasion, joyous distrust, and love of irony are signs of health; everything absolute belongs to pathology.”
“The First wealth is health.”
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
“Whenever I see an ambulance, I like to think there is a baby being born, rather than a death.”