Friday, February 4, 2011

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

I should have titled my last post, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". Why?

As Ayn Rand stated "Ayn Rand

‎"Let there be no misunderstanding about me. If it is now the belief of my fellow men, who call themselves the public, that their good requires victims, then I say: The public good be damned, I will have no part of it!"
“The Moral Meaning of Capitalism,” For the New Intellectual, 98.

I believe that another's framing of your world is considered the "good" by in them and this is what makes it Bad. But, what is the Ugly?

The ugly is when our purposes are at odds and there has been no negotiation, which is oppression or tyranny. Or, there hasn't been an understanding of co-operative effort, which makes for conflict. And whenver conflict happens, there is ugliness!

Soms well meaning souls would think this an opprotunity to defy ugliness and rise above the base and senseless reality of being human.; of defying one's hopes and dreams for the "greater good" or "common will", or "God's will". These think that sacrificing oneself on the altar of another's hopes or dreams is what "love" is all about. This is what Christ did to redeem the world, after all. So, we should not begrudge the opportunity to DIE. No our lives are worthless apart from their sacrificial utility! Our lives are not valued in and of themselves. We were only born to die an untimely death for God or some public interest.

Most of the time when individuals are included in on the vision, or purpose of an organization, and one finds a place of belonging, then there will be co-operation, or a finalization of the relationship to the organization, as there are cross purposes, or conflicts of intersts. Understanding such realities is only good leadership principles.

So, I think that defining the 'good" for everyone else, becomes the bad, because it dismisses individual choice and value, and that is when things can get ugly indeed! People do not like to be pawns.

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