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Ultimately we may still ask, why can't humans design a perfect society? ...
by Robert Shea

Ultimately we may still ask, why can't humans design a perfect society?
- Robert Shea

One simple way to keep organizations from becoming
cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular,
frequent and mandatory basis, including the leadership positions.
- Robert Shea

Indeed, if our ancestors of millions of years ago hadn't
learned how to care for one another and hunt in packs,
they'd all have ended up being eaten by leopards.
- Robert Shea

Of all human inventions the organization,
a machine constructed of people performing interdependent functions,
is the most powerful.
- Robert Shea

 

To reject even one major tenet of the religion or to
violate one major rule of behavior is enough to get one kicked out -
or worse.
- Robert Shea

It is instructive, for instance, to trace the computer
industry's decline in vision,
idealism, creativity, romance and sheer fun as it becomes
more and more important and prosperous.
- Robert Shea

As such people achieve influence within the organization,
whenever there is a conflict between their own interest
and the interest of the organization,
their interests will win out.
- Robert Shea

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A permanent division of labor inevitably creates occupational
and class inequality and conflict.
- Robert Shea

Every combination of two or more human beings has both
a useful aspect and a political aspect.
- Robert Shea

You are attached to what you attack.
- Robert Shea

But the more an organization succeeds and prospers,
the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals,
principles and purposes.
- Robert Shea

Military organization, like religious organization,
can be seen as a paradigm of organization in general.
- Robert Shea

It often happens that when a person possesses a particular
ability to an extraordinary degree,
nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent
in every other department.
- Robert Shea

Anyone who seeks power wants absolute power.
- Robert Shea

The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent,
like the ability to play chess, paint pictures,
do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets.
- Robert Shea

The Gnostics were rapidly driven out of business by
the hierarchical orthodox Christians.
- Robert Shea

Because the better an organization is at fulfilling its purpose,
the more it attracts people who see the organization
as an opportunity to advance themselves.
- Robert Shea

Organized religion provides a model of the way all organizations,
from the state down to the village garden club,
end a price in terms of a member's freedom of thought and action.
- Robert Shea

But instead I usually say that, though it may surprise them,
I too believe in the necessity of organization.
- Robert Shea

Individuals, too, who cultivate a variety of skills seem brighter,
more energetic and more adaptable than those who know
how to do one thing only.
- Robert Shea

The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines
are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength.
- Robert Shea

Even while we busily attend meetings,
contribute money and perform our assigned tasks,
we suspect that we may be helping to create a force
that is inimical to many values we hold dear.
- Robert Shea

That the more authoritarian organizations survive and
prevail goes generally unnoticed because people focus
on the objectives of organizations,
which are many and varied, rather than on their structures,
which lend to be similar.
- Robert Shea

This whole phenomenon of the diversion of organizations
from their purposes and ideals does not seem very serious
when the scum rise to the top in the bridge club or
the offices of a small magazine publisher.
- Robert Shea

Just as predatory animals follow a similar general
design and behave in similar ways,
so organizations, especially those in competition with one another,
must follow certain design principles if they are to succeed and prevail.
- Robert Shea

Indeed, one of the most successful and influential
religious organizations in history,
the Society of Jesus, was consciously modeled along
military lines by its founder,
Ignatius Loyola.
- Robert Shea

Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of
becoming passionate friends.
- Harville Hendrix

Life is a dangerous - ultimately fatal - endeavor,
so you may as well live it full out.
Chart your course, cast off the lines,
and boldly sail the seas of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side
of every fear is a freedom.
- Marilyn Ferguson

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.
The process never ends until we die.
And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words;
it is expressed in the choices one makes...
and the choices we make
are ultimately our responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If you fear making anyone mad,
then you ultimately probe for
the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
- Jimmy Carter

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing,
the rest is mere sheep-herding.
- Ezra Pound

Personal transformation can and does have global effects.
As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us.
The revolution that will save the world
is ultimately a personal one.
- Marianne Williamson

For behind all imperialism is ultimately the imperialistic individual,
just as behind all peace is ultimately the peaceful individual.
- Irving Babbitt

The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone,
play a slide trombone, plant a small tree,
good God, now you're free.
- Ray Manzarek

Pain is a difficult companion. There's no getting around that.
But, if pain is to be a companion, searching and discovering
your own best ways to travel with that pain
will lead you to the joy that you long to have.
They are your paths, your ways and while my experience
and the experiences of others may inspire you,
ultimately it will be the choices you discover
and make for yourself that lead you to certain joy
in the midst of your challenges.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily.
They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.
- Tim Berners-Lee

Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately.
- Henry A. Kissinger

What pornography is really about, ultimately,
isn't sex but death.
- Susan Sontag

You have to study your field and you have to find out how other people do it,
and you have to keep working and learning and practicing and ultimately,
you would be able to do it.
- Theodore Sturgeon

It did remind me of something out of Greek mythology -
the richest king who gets everything he wants,
but ultimately his family has a curse on it from the Gods.
- Martin Scorsese

I've always felt that life is a novel,
and part of it is written for you, and part of it is written by you.
It's up to you to write the ending, ultimately.
- Lynn Johnston

What I've learned is that it's okay to take from heroes,
such as Debussy, but it has to be filtered through
my own personality so that ultimately it's me.
- William Kraft

You don't have to worry about whether the car is set up right or not,
you know it is, and it's down to you.
Ultimately, that's what every driver wants.
- Bobby Rahal

But I think boys ultimately are easier than girls.
- Patricia Heaton

Award trophies, as opposed to letting the players define and claim their own.
Ultimately, pay them to play so that their activity
not only resembles work but is work.
- John Thorn

That was the day I began cutting classes and returning to TV tapings;
it ultimately led to a friendship with Johnny O,
and an increasing fascination and respect for what he did.
- Randy West

Ultimately, your theme will find you.
You don't have to go looking for it.
- Richard Russo

Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which
they are fought and therefore...
prove ultimately futile.
- Pope John Paul II

I suppose if it has a practical purpose,
I appreciate a pat on the back.
I suppose it's rewarding, ultimately.
- Brendan Fraser

Ultimately the Emmys are a popularity contest.
- William Devane

The way we communicate with others and with ourselves
ultimately determines the quality of our lives.
- Tony Robbins

Mind is the great lever of all things;
human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered.
- Daniel Webster

Crisis alone is not enough.
There must also be a basis, though it need be neither
rational nor ultimately correct,
for faith in the particular candidate chosen.
- Thomas Kuhn

When you try to figure out what the religious right is,
it ultimately comes down either to one man,
Pat Robertson, or anyone who believes in a higher being
and wants their taxes cut.
- Ann Coulter

You can work on the saxophone alone,
but ultimately you must perform with others.
- Steve Lacy

I'm doing my work in an environment that's ultimately about dollars and cents.
- Marguerite Moreau

They're after one world religion and one world government.
That's why they've attacked the Catholic Church so strongly,
to ultimately take control over it by their doctrine.
- Hutton Gibson

Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings,
and not by the intellect.
- Herbert Spencer

Although idea and form are ultimately paramount in my work,
so too are chance, accident, and rawness.
- Martin Puryear

Each experience through which we pass operates ultimately for our good.
This is a correct attitude to adopt and we must be
able to see it in that light.
- Henry S. Haskins

There is no private domain of a person's life that is not political,
and there is no political issue that is not ultimately personal.
- Charlotte Bunch

I ultimately have faith though, that good films will find their audience.
- Joshua Leonard

But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one.
Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.
- James Baldwin

I'm ultimately a widow and a single mother,
who's not even getting to be a mother right now.
I am so alone, it's freaky.
- Courtney Love

The essays are different because ultimately it's things I'm interested in,
and I'm really just writing about myself and using
those subjects as a prism.
- Chuck Klosterman

I share the anger, but, ultimately, to govern this country,
it takes more than anger.
It takes experience.
It takes positions that reflect the best values of the American people.
- Joe Lieberman

Obviously everyone wants to be successful,
but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative,
very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world.
- Sergey Brin

The only work that will ultimately bring any good to
any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.
- Marianne Williamson

Everyone has a right to change their consciousness,
but ultimately the whole process is misleading.
- Robyn Hitchcock


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