The Inner Space Race
At Rice University, Houston, on September 12, 1962 – a little over 53 years ago – John F. Kennedy declared a New Frontier:
“We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on Man…
We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.“
~ John F. Kennedy
He described the location as “a college noted for knowledge, in a city noted for progress, in a state noted for strength…And we stand in need of all three.”
Organisational Psychotherapy is a new frontier for our times. Billions of people toil daily, and for their whole adult lives, to earn a meagre crust. More and more of these billions toil daily under the shadow of uncaring, totalitarian and draconian organisations. Liberation is no longer a matter of overthrowing tyrannical national leaders, but of overthrowing tyrannical, impersonal systems. Systems over which we all have control, should we but choose to exercise it.
We know that nonviolence has a much better chance of changing things than violence does. Overthrow, then, may sound harsh and oppressive. Better then to call it empathy, compassion, hope and, yes, love. Let us empathise with ourselves for our plight. Let us have compassion for each other in our journey towards the light. Let us find hope and inspiration in what could be. And let us find it in our hearts to love everyone – even the bosses and the one-percent – for they know not what they do.
Above all, let’s no longer tolerate how things are now. Workers are poorly served by the organisations they work for, customers are poorly served by the organisations they buy from and depend on. And even those with the money are poorly served by the returns on their investments.
A New Frontier Beckons
A new frontier beckons us. A fragile light is shining in the darkness. Organisational psychotherapy is one way we can carry that light of hope and joy into the dark hearts of our soulless organisations.
We choose to pursue this path not because it is easy, but because it is hard.
Are you with us?