Psychological Profile of Middle Management
I often hear people making assurances about corporate management and government officials ... claiming that they are humans with children too and so will undoubtedly do their best for everyone and the planet. They say this despite everyday evidence to the contrary. I’m sure everyone can think of at least one example where a company director, a politician or government official has done something glaringly wrong. Anyone who needs examples can just look around my blogs though. But never mind if you don’t want to be bothered thinking about it because what I have to say in this article is all one needs to understand the dilemma that many working people find themselves in.
One of my grandfathers was a company director. He was pretty high up in a big corporation. He wasn’t directly involved in the production of food as it was an energy company, but of course, energy is a vital component of today’s food market and I think he is a good example of what’s affecting our food industry. Today, lots of energy is needed to run all the machinery involved in production, processing, storing, transporting and even selling the stuff. I write this article, and I know my grandfather would have approved, to show how management in particular, is stuck in the middle of the big organisations (the B’org) with chains binding their options. Like my grandfather, these men and women were/are probably nice people. They do care about the world and their friends and families, but they are incapable of performing outside of the system that doesn’t care about the world, care about any friends or care about families. That system, of course, is based on cold hard cash and the corporate world.
I don’t remember how I got a copy of the 1950 confidential report containing a psychological profile analysis of my grandfather, as I’ve had it for years. But I’m glad to be able to review it now with new insight. My grandfather went on to become the director of public relations for fifteen years based on this report. Here are some highlights from the report:
My grandfather scored 97% in mental ability and 99% in vocabulary. He possessed “very high basic mental facility for engaging in abstract reasoning processes such as are required for literary and authorship activities” (maybe I’m so lucky to have inherited some of this ability?).
He is conventional in his viewpoint. BUT He enjoys the fantasy involved in assisting leadership elements in the organization to achieve broad purposes with his public relations work. ALSO He does not desire to have, nor is he particularly adaptable for senior line management responsibility in an organization (i.e., not a threat to the establishment).
His humanist attitude is a desirable balance to have in an organization which must keep in tune with broader social trends as well as immediate organization efficiency and profit objectives.
From this, it is evident that my grandfather cared about people very much and I’m proud of that. Yet, he was involved in promoting nuclear power which I don’t believe is in humanities best interest. He hired Ronald Reagan in 1962 to publicise the Big Rock Point Nuclear Plant for Consumers Power Company. The photo is from 1981 with my grandfather on the left and Ronald Regan in the centre just before he became president. The man on the right was another one stuck in the middle with Consumer B'org. My grandfather was instrumental in the development of nuclear power and expansion of the company because he sold it to the public. (PS, it's a strange coincidence that Ronald McDonald has the same first name as Ronald Regan and my grandfather's first name was Donald, Donald Mc... and Ronald McDonald came into existence around the same time as these two were making the film to promote nuclear power.)
Why was my grandfather’s expertise as a public relations man so important to this company? Because the enterprise was bound to create pollution and do things that the ordinary man in the street would otherwise protest against. This is evident in the report with the comment that my grandfather’s nature was to keep in tune with people while the corporation’s immediate needs were based on efficiency and profit (which have nothing to do with people). We all know that machines and robots are taking over work because they are more efficient and therefore able to create more profit. Logically, this trend will develop to a point where people are eliminated from the equation, and I have touched upon this possibility in my blogs already.
However, it all ties into the modern lifestyle which, besides money, is based on energy consumption. The name of my grandfather's company has actually changed to Consumers Energy. Why is it that a lifestyle that requires producing toxic waste is the preferred one? Why is it that caring is equated with consuming?
To keep this article short, I won’t go into the extent of environmental damage or the dubious toxic waste storage due to energy companies that has occurred over the years since my grandfather worked for Consumers Power. After all, it doesn’t take much effort to remember a nuclear disaster or two (Chernobyl or Fukushima Dai-ichi) or look stuff up online (e.g., Kingston Fossil Plant coal fly ash slurry spill http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston_Fossil_Plant_coal_fly_ash_slurry_spill).
Granted, it’s the system that is to blame. I call it the B’org, an abbreviation for big organisation. In this blog, my focus is on the B’org in the food/medical industry, but all industry is susceptible to the corruption because it is built into the system. In other words, middle management does not have any choice but to comply. They are unreliable as sources of protection for any interests except those of the corporation (or governmental agency) that employs them. The corporation (B’org) does not and cannot care about anything except money.
This has been said many times before, especially lately, but money continues to make the world go round. We cannot trust those who are bound up with corporate/big organisation responsibilities. All the propaganda coming from public relations geniuses like my grandfather cannot be allowed to veil our eyes from the truth that we can witness ourselves if we just free our minds and look around. We all need to re-evaluate our priorities to make a better world, not just seek a so-called more convenient life, or more wealth (based on money as opposed to happiness for example) for our own little individual worlds. If this means changing jobs and exiting B’org middle management (or any other level really), so be it. There’s a lot more to life than the B’org and money.
Nature provides everything we need to live a full and happy life and we have every right to it as much as any B’org. We need to reclaim it and discard the things we don’t need especially those things that tie us into the money system.
Japan closed all it's nuclear power plants? Why if they're basically safe? Why doesn't the rest of the world follow suit instead of building more? Thanks to Wiki for this ...
Following the 2011 Japanese Fukushima nuclear disaster, authorities shut down the nation's 54 nuclear power plants. As of 2013, the Fukushima site remains highly radioactive, with some 160,000 evacuees still living in temporary housing, and some land will be unfarmable for centuries. The difficult cleanup job will take 40 or more years, and cost tens of billions of dollars.
Two years ago on 31 October 2011A French study by the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety revealed that the Fukushima nuclear disaster caused the biggest discharge of radioactive material into the ocean in history. The radioactive cesium that flowed into the sea from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant was 20 times the amount estimated by its owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Atmospheric releases were cited as amounting to 35,800 terabecquerels of cesium 137 by the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics journal—an estimate about 42 percent of that released into the atmosphere in the Chernobyl explosion in 1986. Cesium 137 has a half-life of 30 years.
Mmm ... accident? What risks are we willing to take to make money? Why? Public relations propaganda? OR are we all just mad? For further information and discussion on the latter possibility see a few of my other articles or a short video by David Icke:
Book review: Madness and Civilization, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/book-review-madness-and-civilization.html
B’org Mentality, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/borg-mentality.html
David Icke, The Lunatics have taken over the Asylum, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D9j8dJ8AZI
It’s all scary stuff for a Halloween’s night. Hope you have a happy one!