Tear Down Structures to Grow

I am not promoting this book, but this excerpt really resonated with me. I think we'll look back on this period of time from a political, economic and technology shift and wonder how we got through it. I firmly believe we're in the middle of a shift. You can look back over the decades and pinpoint culture changes that I'm sure during the time seemed organic but looked on years later are apparent culture shifts. It seems that these always occur later in a decade from the late 60s hippies, late 70s energy crisis, the 80s were about the rise of capitalism and Wall Street, the late 90s were marked by the Internet age and now deep into the first decade of the 2000s it seems were into another shift that combines the cultural, political and technology shifts of the previous decades into a massive upheaval.

I could be wrong, but that's how big I think this change is. It is also a reminder that to stay ahead you have to be able to shed old attachments and be flexible to change.

Here is the excerpt and link.

Tear apart structure

An excerpt from EXPLOITING CHAOS

Most animals behave instinctively. Fish know how to swim. Birds know how to build a nest. But for primates, including humans, behavior is learned within a social structure. We follow organizational patterns and rules unless those rules are dramatically changed.

Stanford neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky studies the social structure of baboons. More than 20 years ago, Sapolsky observed a baboon troop with multiple layers of structural rank. Socially senior baboons would beat on middle-ranking baboons who would in turn beat on lower-ranking baboons. Those bastards.

But then something happened. The senior ranked males started fighting a neighboring troop over tourist garbage. Eating trash exposed the aggressive males to tuberculosis-tainted meat. Instant karma.

Over the next three years, the elders died off, leaving the troop absent of structure. Instead of recreating multiple levels of aggressive hierarchy, the young baboons created a culture of pacifism. Acts of friendship replaced aggression.

Instead of struggling, the community flourished. Hormone samples indicated lower stress and the same culture remains 20 years later.

Organizational structure guides the way we grow and the way we think. To spark a revolution, structure needs to be broken down.


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