a little wisdom a lesson for now? LO28491

From: AM de Lange (amdelange@postino.up.ac.za)
Date: 05/14/02

Replying to LO28462 --

Dear Organlearners,

Andrew Cambell < ACampnona@aol.com > quotes

>By Mary Parker Follett
>Chapter XIX
>The True Democracy

>Democracy is really neither extending nor including
>merely, but creating wholes.
> This is the primitive urge of all life. This is the true
>nature of man. Democracy must find a form of
>government that is suited to the nature of man and
>which will express that nature in its manifold relations.

Greetings dear Andrew,

The chapter which you have quoted (thank you very much) reminds me much of
what thinkers like Dante, Da Vinci, Goethe, Russeau, Smuts and Polanyi so
much contemplated.

For Polanyi it is for humans to be conscious of their tacit knowing, to
seek its emergence in higher forms and thus to become explorers.

>Democracy has one task only -- to free the creative
>spirit of man. This is done through group organization.

I agree with Follet. But because I have snipped this sentence out of its
context, I will have to change two words and leave one out to reflect my
own tacit knowing better:-

"Democracy has one purpose only -- to free the creative
spirit of humans. This is done through organization."

>Democracy is not a form of government; the
>democratic soul is born within the group and
>then it develops its own forms.

This is sheer wisdom.

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <amdelange@gold.up.ac.za> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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