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Understanding the Influence of Real World Politics on Strategy.

18 Nov

What is wrong with strategy, not much some believe, if seen against the backdrop of the prevailing political climate changes?

This is the story of the Wolf pack and the Lions.

Just like global warming, our politics of the day is now also impacting directly on our personal wellbeing; our health, wealth, economic and social standing – as well as our strategies.

The big players are; Freewill, Morality, Democracy, Conservatism, Liberalism and choice, all politicians want us to have more of, so what do they have in common with strategy?

Let me give you some back ground; THE FIRST RULE OF POLITICS IS; anything you practice as government politics BECOMES UNIVERASL AT SOME POINT, what happens there could affect what happens here – the world has become totally connected. We affect our immediate and distant neighbours with our own political dispensation… Then too businesses that have global impact affect as too.

Point in case; If we just look at how Goldman Sachs created the world food price crisis and how they and the other big banks are literally starving billions because of it. Just with ONE strategy; imagine what could go wrong globally if many strategies fail…as is the case now. The best thing is, they could do – and can still do more – of this because its good moneymaking “strategy”, and they are banks, so they hide behind the defence that their business is to make money – and lots of it, and their political views “say this is good practice”, so we don’t suspect much foul play, and life goes on for the (citizens) sheep of the world, so nothing ever happens to them, they even get bailed out, because the social elite would have all benefitted, again.

It’s not about morals and ethics in this life anymore; ethics is what we feed sheep – our good citizens, so they don’t get too nervous about the future. It’s all politics, the politics of predators that can never marry, with the beliefs of sheep, its sole purpose is to have and create invisible divides, between lions and Wolves at the top, with lots and lots of sheep at the bottom, with their politics.

That is to say, to create weak, strong and super strong classes of economic wealth, through the use of politics. Politics becomes a trick or treat for us normal men and woman, they blind us with all their fabulous ideas, and promises? Politics today have become more inventive, it even includes spying on our citizens, to keep them in check, it even includes media blackouts; and my favourite, it include Wolves posing as sheep, in sheep skins, and offering lambs for lions.

So, it’s a free society, we have all the democratic freedom we can handle, now we give them more freedom, and movement, and we vote for it too, thinking that they ( we are talking about our government, employers and social elite here)  will be responsible, and act with dignity and honour, now that we all have great freedom. Now if the government gets all these powers, and it does, then it’s all open to abuse, then the rich will follow on, and copy this, and then you have government now running industry, far from the back, but still running it, and even owning stakes, or shares in it, for their political parties can now own businesses, and so to the individuals in government,  and then their families. So who is going to play policemen here if everyone at the top has a hand in the cookie jar?  Anything you can use to get what your wants and desire, you get through the use of politics or crime, and it is yours as long as you share. This is the game of politics, it corrupts so easy in a free society. By definition; Politics has as its main aim; the acquisition and application of power, to create wealth. It does not say for whom?

The rest is just smoke and mirrors. So that the citizens (the sheep/ their slaves) can still have that warm fuzzy feeling whilst being raped with taxes. Politics is there to keep us in line, and so that we are reminded of our place in society, whilst being torn between two powers, the Lion, and Wolf pack.

The morality, religion and virtue cards are all played to keep us all captive, by making us feel obliged to keep doing the right thing even as a “slave”, no matter how unfair, and dire your own needs, and situation, be good, and suppress all your desires, it’s for (your) sorry – our- or the greater good. Human desires have ring-fenced the subtle arena of human social interaction, that dictate our social behaviour and opinionated nature and interaction, if we are not clever in politics, and diplomacy, then it could become a deep strategic pitfall. People the world over know they are getting ripped-off, somewhere; somehow, it’s okay, as long as “everyone is” getting ripped of the same. Now, if anyone in this day and age, can’t see this happening, and still think that we are all real nice compatible social creatures, immune to abuse, control, manipulation, and exploitation from governments, employers, and powers in society, just because we have liberty, freedom, oh and democracy, some law and very little order and the rest, think again?

Just because we fit into society nicely, and play nice, play by its rules, and belong to the race called homo-sapience, this in itself is still no guarantee that you will not become the prey, in the radical revolutionarily strategic management matrix, called life, where predators roam daily, then we have it all wrong. We were in fact created to be indifferent…totally self indulgent, and driven by desire, in pursuit of its fulfilment, and because of it, we stand opposed, we take sides, we strategise and we group along the lines of our constitution; our beliefs, religion, virtues, race, culture, language – these are all very subtle, when compared to how we group ourselves politically, then all the aforementioned groupings tend to give way, to our political orientations forming.

Strategy is all about managing perceptions; politics is all about managing people with fear. Therefore, start by looking at the foundation of democracy, where Democratic principles tend to hide the fact that the elected determine the distribution of future; social values, economic power, and reforms. Then it will also most surely define who will be the social elite. It’s not at all concerned with moral commitments; although they talk about it – and a lot – it always fades, fades with the last vote cast, the last speech made, etc.

Politics uses diplomacy to mask otherwise naked competition and aggression, for wealth, resource and power. Stemming from a Wolf-Pack ideology, democracy emanated somewhere half way between capitalism and communism; serving both by the way, so no lion can ever belong and feel at home in a democracy, just too much chaos, because of free will. Wolves are active with chatter – free will – vocal, and are erratic, opposed to lions that have routines, they sleep, take life easy… The paint work on the caves of humanity depicting free-will versus the lions outlook, has become smudged, there is a deep grey gorge forming that is becoming as clear as daylight. We see it everywhere; you have those that break-down, and those that build-up. We are slowly moving apart, the magnetism of beliefs are giving way to two streams, one cold, one warm, like two currents meeting, we are drifting worlds apart because of this rupture in humanity. Simply put it has everything to do with our virtues, our outlook on life, and our expectancy.

Let’s term the two opposing sides, Wolf-Pack and Lions to illustrate how far we are drifting apart. (There use to be a BEAR in there too, but he got killed by the lion). Because of way too much use and abuse of these terms by politicians, the media, religious sects, and the rest, that will all attempt to define what is good and what is bad for you, via their own beliefs…through using them, we have corrupted their use. We now can’t even distinguish between predators anymore, they want us to see them all the same – they are not. Never the less, this articles purpose is to illustrate how your own feelings, and emotions, and beliefs, as well as virtues, are pulled at when having to take stance on these issues of liking predators, and siding with them.

This is a test, to show you how powerful our own convictions are when tested, when we have a choice in the matter, especially under these currents that influence us politically, and that sweep through our strategic abilities and plans…such as politics, when we design strategies. Daily we try to divorce our inner virtues and beliefs, to fit in with society, in one way or the other – all in order to blend in with a warped sense of social reality today, all in order to aspire to the latest trends and beliefs, as well as propaganda promoted. EVERYONE; the flavour of the day is; “all change is essential and good” – so come on and have some. It’s all an attempt by governments to form one global identity, passed on to corporate business through skilful legislation, to form an identity that is not too Wolf-Pack, and not too traditional, not to conventional, radical, democratic or even weird. But every bit predatorily. This new generation youth today, is desperately looking for a new way of practicing liberation, freedom, and struggle all in one arena. All in order to belong, to come to rest and have one identity, one common understanding of what we are, if we are free, then we want to practice our freedom, be free-willed, until then we must be “freedom fighters” or something, and as a result then we must be Wolf-Packs too?

Lions, in stark contrast to the afore mentioned political culture of turmoil, know who they are, what they stand for, and how compromising, just one thing will lead to more compromises, later on. That one normally ends up regretting. Then everything ells will become compromised, such is the law of compromise. Therefore, they don’t want, or like, or care for any newness and “transformation”, or to compromise just for the sake of change and belonging. They have learned that nothing on this earth is ever new, it’s just rediscovered. Their general view is this; if something works; don’t tamper with it, especially for the sake of change. This is their standing belief.

Things have evolved to this point pretty well, and if it works, then it is just perfect… discipline and hard work is the back bone of society…freedom is not a right it’s a hard earned privilege paid for in blood, now shared by all.

Back to the two sides, if we try to divorce our preconceptions of what is Wolf-Pack and what is a lion, and how we view and label them, as being optimistic or pessimistic, as new and old, or as good and bad. Then we will find that. The question at issue is both personal, for each one of us, and both political as well, for our lives are flooded and governed by the powers that be, be they Wolf-Pack or lion; daily with shape shifting, through the media trying to win our favour – votes. They, the politicians, and decision makers want us to invest our hopes and dreams with them. They should rather come out with the truth, and say; Bank with me, I will give you good dividends. I will only take 20% of your income. So who are these people; the lions, It is then said that; on the one hand, a lion is a bitter former Wolf-Pack minded maverick whose idealism was crushed and life taught him a few hard lesson… Never the less, lions are seen as happy and content with what they’ve got and don’t want or need to change anything, whereas Wolf-Packs are NOT happy, hence they want to change things all the time, in pursuit of happiness, Nirvana for “all”.

I think Wolf-Packs are not as happy as lions, for lions conserve that which works and so to have greater strength and more resources, and teach what is deemed good to society, namely discipline and restraint, limited free will, you can think what you like, but you can say it that way at time, be sensitive, diplomatic, opposed to Wolf-Packs that have freedom of speech, they say what they like, “but never mean it”, if it comes flying back.

Then lions also aim to eliminate waste; by working hard, they don’t spend on brand names they don’t need, opposed to Wolf-Packs who use the excuse to just spend to impress, they both understand quality cost good money, they just use it differently. Change is imperative in all spheres of life, both sides grasp this concept, but interoperate it vastly differ. Now enter will, or will power and thereby we can open ourselves up for abuse, society’s norms of FREE WILL, and the use of majority “consensus” or rule, will dictate trends, designed to hide behind over indulgence with, if they do it everyone can do it, so let’s do it.

Wolf-Packs have to have a victim mentality, they love to complain, and preach to the converted all the time giving them “hope” and promising them some more change soon, going from one focus less ideology to another, seeking refuge and comfort in revolutionary ideology “one for all, and all for one” implying that the collective will benefit from change, so “let’s change everything!”. This is nothing new, ever since the beginning of time; we have had these two ideology’s pestering us with problems, or as Wolf-Packs term it “challenges”. Nietzsche: Indicated if a culture suffers from a lack of “uniformity” because of divergent ideology, and sub cultures, then stagnation and passivity will set in for sure. He was dead right; we see it in every nation, where there is no unification. This is exactly what is happening on a global scale. No one is unique or immune to this virus either. Unity is broken down, with the advent of immigrants, political exiles, and activists. However there is good news – “Then such a Culture can be healed”, healed not saved – and there is a condition to this; “if a majority of people rediscovers “critical thinking” – the “thinking about thinking.”, then unity will give way to ingenuity, and individuality will emerge and start to create creative healthy competition – entrepreneurship. History seems to contribute to informing strategy very well, we just choose not to see the relevance of the past, dictating the future. History has a bearing, because we can go back in time, and see how, vision and mission, have changed society at many specific intersects in time, we don’t have to repeat the same mistakes over and over in this cycle of golden and then dark ages of existence, “seven fat cows, and then seven thin ones” as with history that will for sure repeat itself. To this aspect of pessimism insofar as that it suggest that cultural decay is only a matter of time. Well the time is here; we have moved from a gold age and are now entering the dark ages again.

According to socio-biology we are programmed to do one thing here, and that is to maximize the proliferation of our genes – “go forth and multiply”. Well I think that we have done that very well, too well, and it’s a good time to cut back now, or we will be living on a rock soon. Wolf-packs tend to have big litters opposed to lions that have small. However, wolves share, and look after each other’s children, where raising lions dictate much time, effort and individual attention, and resource to develop lion cubs with. The striving for individuality, self-realization and self-preservation is the result of a biological program running; lions aspire harder to this than do wolves. So our biology just wants us to multiply…

Behavioural science on the other hand assumes that animal behaviour; forms a premise for our basic behaviour as well- it strives to sustain species by the mechanism of group selection. Okay, so now we can think on how to multiply, and we can choose whom to do it with – the fittest, to build the best gene pool. If this is true, then there is a selection process, then there might also be something like “a common interest of mankind” to make sure that the fittest will survive. Or at least thrive. But, according to socio-biology, group selection is an exception and not a rule. Wolves don’t practice selection, to such an extent and degree as do lions. In those cases where group selection does exist, it can be derived from the more fundamental rule of gen-maximization.

Now psychology enters; that deals with the mind. We are simple; we are no way nearly as complicated as we would like to believe when it comes to thinking, and procreating. It states that the conscious mind is badly informed about just about everything. The entirety of psychic processes is filtered and censored and only a small part becomes conscious. So we are in effect very complicated machines acting out rituals.

The thought processes in the brain are deterministic and the contingent processes on the quantum level cannot be influenced. This then brings me to the one thing “everyone” so dearly wants, for a lack of knowledge, free will. There is no room for free will in the microcosm – a miniature representation of something that describes how the smaller relates to the bigger picture. In other words; we don’t have the capacity to deal with freedoms un-limited, or free will for that matter, we are habitual creatures; we are just not designed for it.

So why aspire for this, if we can’t use it to benefit man kind. The greater the freedom, the higher the incidents of crime, and conflict, and the more violent society become… something to chew on. This would explain the high crime rates in countries that per-sue ultimate freedom… “We certainly don’t have much use for free will. Not in the sense we think.” Will is dictated and informed by, nature, nurture, needs, wants and political view… its simple; we have complicated it with the introduction of politics. Studies affirm this; In June, the neuroscientist Sam Harris claimed, “You seem to be an agent acting of your own free will.

The problem, however, is that this point of view cannot be reconciled with what we know about the human brain.” This aspect becomes imperative to strategist, in realising that golden treads extend right throughout our history that guides and informs our reasoning and our will – whether we have free will or not, we will act true to our programming and drives first… to have and make use of the powers we have at our disposal… Why was man then given choice? When it makes him do stupid things… so then he is not really better off or superior to animals, especially for having the ability to choose freely – to think and reason. Us compared to animals; they live simplistic habitual lives, they give what they take, and they only take what they need, to keep maintaining a gene pool.

Then we look at humans mimicking nature, like true lions, they scratch and claw trees – “tree huggers”, our nature conservationist people, that realise that we were not meant to evolve and multiply beyond a certain point like we have, and mainly this is the only reason we were given brains, to say stop, enough, opposed to striving for more resources and freedom to make more of us with, all technologically evolved to stretch life to its absolute limit, at such a high degree of unabated freedom, with unlimited freedom, to every individual, to the point where freedom un-restricted is now in effect designing our own demise and doom. Sick people are kept alive, but can’t contribute…

Why do we need so much freedom, if it comes without responsibility, restraint and or accountability…then its degrading the very moral fibre of society…and quality of life, can we still afford free will then? This also poses yet another problem Choices are informed – so this makes them fellable – firstly by needs and then want, when all your needs are fulfilled, then wants take over… Then we have our Nature and nurture; nature speaks to our character traits, that dictate choices and preferences in the main more pertaining to likes, and dislikes, food, colour, dress, manners, etc…, now enter nurture; our nurturing is our upbringing, our forming years, it comes from your schooling, religion, experiences, grooming, and peers, imprint on your own choice forming here. As adults we take position; mainly by choosing between two streams of though emerging Wolf-Pack or lion. Now let’s see how divergent these two stand in opposition; Lions profess to be living in the truth and about being open to the truth, to the reality of all situations of life and living, they view the world from a perspective of cause and effect, and contrary to belief they don’t have “closed minds” in order to be lions, no they have “critical minds”, they criticize, they give critique. In order for them to function, they seek to find the truth they need to live with, to create their understanding of reality.

Now the Wolf-Packs may argue that they too have open minds, but the real difference between the Wolf-Packs and lions are: 1) Wolf-Packs are only open to facts which they find them agreeable. The Wolf-Packs mind-set is one defined by having favorable public responses – to a variety of statements touching on economics, war and crime. They like to be the good guys, Wolf-Packist will agree that it feels wrong “when an employee who needs their job is fired”; “that it’s morally wrong that rich children inherit a lot of money while poor children inherit nothing”; and they describe themselves as often having “tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me”, implying they suffered this injustice two, they are in the same boat, even though they all wear designer labels and drive foreign luxury cars…when they can get the facts to point elsewhere, and fix the blame, they become heroes…they like to be seen as martyrs– and they like playing this card over and over. When in fact they are just opportunist, waiting for yet another a free meal.

Those on the left also agree that “peace is extremely important.” They believe that they have “understanding, appreciation and protection for the welfare of all people and for nature” and they feel “close to people all over the world.” Wolf-Packs generally “believes that offenders should be provided with counselling to aid in their rehabilitation.” Then why do we still all strive equally hard to attain the greater good, and are we all inherently born good, if so why do we do wrong, and do we all aspire for more of same?

Wolf-Packs—ideologically tend to repulse facts–their policy and responses are ineffective and bear no relation to reality or facts, its emotional decision making. Egocentric management styles, that not only represents the collective of Wolf-Packs manner, and experiences of men, trying to figure out man, and how to live with him, peacefully, but also on what grounds may I take from him, that’s also- justifiable.

Opposed to lions that respect each other’s stuff – property –although they likewise share a similar thought process, yet they come to different conclusions. George Lakoff of the linguistics department at the University of California at Berkeley argues that “ lions believe in individual responsibility alone, not social responsibility. Therefore, a lion and a traditionalist is not the same thing… lions don’t think government should help its citizens, and be charitable, we must work, each to his own trade. That is, they also don’t think citizens should help each other.” 2) lions believe that employees who “contribute more to the success of the company” should “receive a larger share” of the pie and they value “social status and prestige, control or dominance over people and resources.” The differences of opinion on war and peace are extreme, reflecting the importance of the hawk-dove split between the parties. Many on the right agree with few qualms that “war is sometimes the best way to solve a conflict” and that “there is nothing wrong in getting back at someone who has hurt you.”

Lions believe “that ‘an eye for an eye’ is the correct philosophy for punishing offenders,” and they endorse the view that “the ‘old-fashioned ways’ and ‘old-fashioned values’ still show the best way to live.” It feels wrong to them when “a person commits a crime and goes unpunished.” From the beginning, “respect for authority is something all children need to learn.” This might all seem obvious, but actually seeing how the world looks to the most representative members of the left and the right helps us understand why the gulf between the sides is so deep. They talk right past each other. Analyzing the hurdles facing Democracy in motion, the politics that influence our strategies, are the policies practiced on the streets, and in government… If, as is increasingly the case, left and right see their opposites as morally corrupt, the decision to cut the benefits or raise the taxes of the other side become easy – too easy — to justify. Do we still need choice or free will, does it in fact exist, or is free will just a political campaigning trick?

Man can indeed do what he wants, where he want, as he wants, but he cannot have all what he wants’, we learn the influence of our will from experience alone. No amount of rules can keep us safe from crossing over and doing bad things. And experience only teaches us, how one event constantly follows another, what gets rewarded and what gets punished. We are truly a planet of two types of beings, lions and Wolf-Packs recruiting sheep… The one thing that makes us all stupid is having the ability to choose. Strategy would have truly been a great thing without an abundance of “Politically” motivated choices. Again, with all politics, there’s that pesky “potential for abuse” which requires us to carefully regulate free will with our strategies, we don’t want people to bring their political views into play with strategy, strategy speaks to lions, but wolves need it more.

Choice or choosing right from wrong corrupts us all. Wolves are more daring, lions more careful, balance these two powers in your strategies. Choice is nothing else but an exercise in bias, (exercising a preconceived notion) for now enter all the kings of chaos; Free will, Rights, Religion, Reasoning, Morality, Law, Tradition, Education, Norms, Tendencies, Trends, Standing, Perception, Emotion and the list goes on… yes, choice has a tail that circles the earth many times, right to our first choice ever, in the garden, of creation.

So choose wisely the men and woman that you will be leading your strategies with…

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