This is OK, I hope

Mercedes Lopez Invarato (
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 18:14:43 GMT

I hope this time it will work. I am sorry that the previous 2
messages were sent badly. Thank you

Charles Smith wrote:
"I am a new member of this group.

I am a manager in industry, looking after quality and change
management, and have used Grid techniques in assessing motivation and
behaviour norms in my company.

My aims in all this are to gain proficiency in assessing behaviour
(and how to change it) in the work environment."

Some silly questions:
- Why do you aim to change the behaviour of the workers? What
- Is it your aim to become a proficient 'socio/psychological
- How much will your "directed behaviour modification" affect
their personal lives, outside the workplace?
- Who will set up the 'correct standards' of behaviour?
- The company's "philosophy"? Or yourself?
- Do you think that it will be rightful and moral?
- Is it the final aim to produce good profits for whatever
- Is it legitimate to manipulate persons/workers'
minds/emotions/behaviour in order to increase economic profits? Is
this the aim? Or improving relationships and understanding?
- Is it legitimate at all to try to manipulate/control others?
Is it moral?
- Isn't it to enslave human beings?
And who will manipulate the manipulator?

Quotation from Gustav Meyrink El Golem [Der Golem (1915)].
.Ediciones Orbis. Barcelona. 1987. (Free translation) "It is
said that the origin of the story goes probably to the XVIth
century. It is told that a rabbi crated, according to methods
of the Cabala now lost, an artificial man, the so named
Golem, for helping him, as his servant , to ring the
synagogue's bells and to do all the hard work. But it is told
also that it did not turn up an authentic man, since its only
form of life consisted in vegetate in a rough and semi-
unconscious way; moreover, as it is said, only during
daytime, due to the influence of a magic leaf that the rabbi
set among its teeth, and that attracted the free sidereal
forces of the universe. When one evening the rabbi forgot to
take off, before the prayer time, the leaf from the mouth, it
is said that the golem fall in such a delirious state that,
running through the darkness in the narrow streets,
destroyed everything it found on its way....due to the
continuous repetition of those thoughts that poison the air,
here in the ghetto there is all at once a sudden firing, an
animistic explosion that pull out to the daylight our
subconscious for, like the lighthning there , creating here a
ghost in everything and each one, the symbol of the soul of
the masses... ...the distressing security that we are torn
away with premeditation and against our will, of our most
true, real and our one's own interior, only in order that
with them could take plastic form the phantom's figure"

Long life to Brave New World, and to the Alpha's + of the present

Mercedes Lopez
Department of Political Studies
University of London