On The Wheel

On The Wheel

 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores (Luke 16:21).

The destinies of men are subject to immutable laws that must fulfill  themselves. But man has it in his power to shape his fate, according as his behavior exposes him to the influence of benevolent or of destructive forces. When a man holds a high position and is nevertheless modest, he shines with the light of wisdom; if he is in a lowly position and is modest, he cannot be passed by. Thus the superior man can carry out his work to the end without boasting of what he has achieved (The I Ching).

Revolutionary musings to follow. I feel my inner Marx seething.

A behaviorist understands that, to prompt a certain response from a rat, say the ringing of a bell, a reward must be given, e.g. a piece of cheese. Using this method, the rat is quickly and easily trained to ring the bell whenever rewarded.

Employers surely must understand this basic, undeniable fact: workers won’t perform as requested without rewards for what they’ve already achieved. If not, that person is a very poor employer, indeed, and in need of understanding about human nature. We see this before our eyes on a near-daily basis. Our managers and supervisors treat us like automatons, expecting maximum efficiency from us, as if we were perpetual-motion machines. But, when it comes time for annual assessments, we are told the company cannot afford to increase our salaries or improve our benefits. The next thing you hear is that the top executives have received lucrative bonuses!

A behaviorist experimenting on a rat does not believe in a god or any supernatural agency. He/She only believes in the scientific fact that a rat can be conditioned to perform a requested action.

A man who is a manager of workers, and a confessed believer in a god, the one and only god, according to this person, must surely understand that rewarding others for what they’ve achieved is a good way to ensure that future behavior will correspond to the manager’s wishes, and to please their loving and compassionate god. But, sadly, even a rat gets more respect than workers in our modern workplace. At least the rat gets cheese. The lowly worker gets crumbs, which fall, seemingly, from the master’s table.

The manager is not a modest man, for, if he were, he would shine with the “light of wisdom.” Instead, we see a frail, paltry excuse for a man. Such men are not worthy of respect. They should be licking at our heels for crumbs.


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