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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. ---->>>

A permanent division of labor inevitably creates occupational and class inequality and conflict. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

But the more an organization succeeds and prospers, the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals, principles and purposes. ---->>>

The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength. ---->>>

Anyone who seeks power wants absolute power. ---->>>

Of all human inventions the organization, a machine constructed of people performing interdependent functions, is the most powerful. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

You are attached to what you attack. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Every combination of two or more human beings has both a useful aspect and a political aspect. ---->>>

Ultimately we may still ask, why can't humans design a perfect society?

Ultimately we may still ask, why can't humans design a perfect society?

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Military organization, like religious organization, can be seen as a paradigm of organization in general. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

But instead I usually say that, though it may surprise them, I too believe in the necessity of organization. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The Gnostics were rapidly driven out of business by the hierarchical orthodox Christians. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Robert Shea profile (robert-shea.jpg)
Nationality: American
Born: 04-17, 1909
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Die: 03-10, 1994
Occupation: Author
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Robert Joseph Shea (February 14, 1933 - March 10, 1994) was an American novelist and former journalist best known as co-author with Robert Anton Wilson of the science fantasy trilogy Illuminatus!. It became a cult success and was later turned into a marathon-length stage show put on at the British National Theatre and elsewhere (wikipedia)