Are Corporations Monsters -- or Dragons That Can Be Trained?
The corporation is a monster in the same sense that the creatures in Pokemon are monsters. They are used by people for different purposes but ultimately they are trained creatures.
A company is a modern-day Frankenstein’s monster. Legally it’s an “artificial person” and like the pitchfork and torch-bearing mob the corporation is also protested by violent crowds. Accused of countless atrocities the corporation is seen as vampiric in how it feeds on our time and energy, releasing us at retirement as dried out husks of our former selves.
Our response to the “monster” says more about us than the monster itself. The true monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was not the creature but the fearful and violent mob. Monstrous acts are ultimately the act of real people. Blaming an entity that only exists as a government registration is as crazy as blaming ghosts.
The idea of the monstrous corporation is ubiquitous in culture. The modern day villain is often the desperate CEO with a secret agent. Luckily we have a long history of epic tales about how to deal with monsters and it’s not a story about conquest. Rather these stories show us the folly in dealing with monsters as something to be eradicated.
The corporation is a monster in the same sense that the creatures in Pokemon are monsters. They are used by people for different purposes but ultimately they are trained creatures. They can be trained poorly or they can be trained well. As creatures the idea they are evil only reflects the destructive and fearful person who holds such an idea (can you imagine a character in Pokemon claiming that all Pokemon must be killed? That would clearly be a villain).
The correct response to the corporate “monster” is taught well in How to Tame Your Dragon. It is not the destruction of the monster that proves your worth but your ability to engage the corporation, work with it, and ultimately create mutually beneficial relationships. The era of “corporation as evil” is over (AKA the 90’s) and a younger generation is growing up happy to live in a world of peaceful coexistence with corporations. They are no longer monsters that must be destroyed but creatures that must be cared for.
Image credit Shutterstock/Melkor3D
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
Even some teachers suffer from anxiety about math.
I teach people how to teach math, and I've been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I've met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.