Courage to Go in the Opposite Direction of A “Successful” Culture

by bryan maynard

Anxiety is the common cold in western culture. We have accepted anxiety as the consequence of success as productivity and material security. The result of all this ‘winning’ is, ironically, the loss of our own humanity and of humanizing ways of working and relating. I am guilty of all of this.

I like what Schumacher says about this (and thanks to brucethomasw for posting it on his blog!) . 

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”

― E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, is for life and work and economics based on a ‘sensible scale.’ How HUMANIZING to work in ways that are fitted to our humanity instead of denying all this. Are we more human for competing all the time or are we better if we collaborate and live to the scale of our capacities as humans? 

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