Standardization brings economic alienation
In my articles I often share the consequences of the industrial revolution, the systems that are used and are still in place in this post-industrial time and the impact it has on our humanity and that of the planet itself. By all means, I am not the first who criticizes certain aspects of non-linear systems and the economic alienation that is often accompanied with it. Non-linear systems don’t have breathing room for innovations, unpredictability and the freedom to let individuals or human beings emerge with their talents and unique qualities. In these systems the individual needs to be predictable, stable, reliable and is governed by a top-down approach instead of a bottom-up and self-organizing principle. In this so called ‘clock-work, materialistic, reductionist universe’, the individual is reduced to a simple labor force that is a component in a much larger production proces. This kind of economic alienation is a topic I enjoy studying and find worthwhile sharing about since it is a crucial part of our human experience in contemporary society, and, therefore, important to highlight and understand in your life. My hopes are that these articles can offer you some simple insights in complex systems like these, so that it is not just the well-educated who are aware and, therefore, empowered to take action, but also the ‘average joe’ on the street who is oftentimes the victim of these systems. Ignorance is oftentimes the cause for a lot of suffering, and, what goal is then more noble to eradicate ignorance by providing practical knowledge and simple insights?
That being said, standardization or automation is simply the process of creating standards in the production process. This is useful in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and productivity, but comes with a price to pay and is not by rule the most efficient and effective way to come to a result if you deal with human beings. A price that workers, individuals or employees often have to pay since they are the ones who get standardized and, therefore, alienated from their nature. The continuity of the system, organisation or society is guaranteed by these methods of standardization, but what about the individuals who are actually living, breathing beings with feelings? The institution or system itself is simply an output that one or multiple individuals together have co-created, the system is, therefore, not truly alive, but simply something we give our consent for. If everything is standardized with protocols, rules and boundaries, then you have to sacrifice a great deal of freedom which is necessary in order to feel self-realized and engaged in the work you do as an individual. It is this great conflict between individualism and collectivism that has bothered many great thinkers in the past. This sort of bureaucratic or administrative system can cause a great deal of limitation for the individual to express itself freely and emerge into his or hers full potential. All though, most companies and businesses in modern culture offer a reasonable exchange in terms of decent salary, education opportunities and pension plans et cetera, the individual still sacrifices his or hers own authentic nature in order to pursuit the goals of the common good and not his or hers own.
Sacrifice is a natural thing to do in the dance of life, but is it really worth to sacrifice your potential, your freedom, your talents and basically your soul in order to please another?
Is your own self-realization not the greatest gift you can offer to the world?
That by reaching your greatest potential, you are actually of the greatest service to the cosmos at large.
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