What is the fundamental reason behind this great divide? Think about it!
If you said “Lack of a commonly shared vision,” you nailed it.
Given the increasing turbulence and uncertainty of our times, humanity can no longer afford to keep this “Them vs. Us” attitude. Time is long overdue to eliminate this division.
Time itself is the main catalyst for the eradication of this divide as we move ever faster in our expanding universe which requires the amalgamation of “them” & “us” into a beautiful “we” based on a shared vision of a brighter and tropophilic future for all.
Granted, the divide is still very pervasive, especially in places where there is a deeply seeded culture of dominant hierarchies. But these places will be able to leap-frog into the future of a tropophilic workforce.
“Them vs. Us” is clearly a zero-sum game which cannot and will not allow those involved to progress any further.
Millennials were the first to say ‘enough!’ of this foolish attitude. Yet, they have been branded by some narrow-minded people as a generation that feels entitled or “spoiled.” Well, maybe they are and they should be!
Why settle for less when you know you deserve the best, or at least much better.
New generations have realized that the “Them vs. Us” divide is an anchronism, for they no longer feel they work “for” somebody but “with” somebody. In other words, they know that employers and employees are in the same “boat” and it is in everybody’s interest to fare well. Further, Millennials have intuitively understood that the tropophobic, restrictive and dominant hierarchies must be transformed into tropophilic, expansive non-dominant hierarchies!
Although most people have heard about “competition” as the main driving force behind evolution and the survival of the fittest, a bigger driving force has always been cooperation and the altruistic nature of human DNA.
It is important to understand cooperation because it also helps us understand why humans move from goal-seeking behaviour towards ideal-seeking behaviour.
To begin with, goal-seeking behaviour is by definition short-termed and, therefore, it sacrifices all potential long-term gains for immediate gains, regardless of how small these immediate gains may be and, thereby, compromising future gains. A simple and clear case in point is the infamous ‘Tragedy of the Commons.’
Ideal-seeking behaviour, on the other hand is, by default, long-termed and, thereby, ensures the sustainability of future gains in addition to satisfying/obtaining immediate gains.
The pervasive tropophobic bureaucracies around the world were deliberately designed to restrict human behaviour because at the time of the first industrial revolution all that was desired and necessary was goal-seeking behaviour i.e., people were paid to obey, not to think. Period.
By the 1960s, the world moved in to black-swan domain and goal-seeking behaviour was obviously completely incapable of dealing with this unprecedented type of environment. Hence, the importance and necessity of ideal-seeking behaviour.
The good news is that great forces (e.g., Blockchain) have aligned for the creation of environments conducive to ideal-seeking behaviour and the eradication of the “Them vs. Us” divide and, eventually, to move into a beautifully unified tropophilic future.
Among these forces is the fact that black-swan events will only increase in number and magnitud and we can only address them united. Therefore, we cannot afford to create more uncertainty of our own making.
There is also the immediate and patent need to clean up the mess that humanity has made on its own nest.
Fortunately, we have all what we need. In the recent past i.e., 1980s, humanity was not technically equipped enough to deal with the immediate challenges but, nowadays, we have everything we need to do so. Except, of course, the will-power from those in charge.
But this is also about to change, once a truly participative and educated democracy emerges and ensures that the short and long-term common good is put above individual and short-term vested interests through tropophilic ideal-seeking behaviour.
To The Health Of An Unified Tropophilic Future!
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
President & Founder
About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant and speaker, published author, stocks trader, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations around the world integrating sustainability/tropophilia through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles. Thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.