Science and technology do not have to be antithetical to individualism. But where is the boat going? It is hard enough to learn to live with our inadequacies, and we need not make ourselves more miserable by a spurious ideal of middle-class adjustment. As an editor for Fortune magazine, Whyte was well placed to observe corporate America; it became clear to him that the American belief in the perfectibility of society was shifting from one of individual initiative to one that could be achieved at the expense of the individual.
For he must look to his discontents with different eye. It is not just for the scientist, not just for the brilliant, that the moral should be drawn, and this brings us to what ultimately is the single greatest vehicle for constructive change-education.
It produces a sort of permanent prematurity, and this is true not only of the child being The organization man by william whyte life adjustment but of the organization man being taught well-roundedness. What we are talking about is a rationalized conformity - an open, articulate philosophy which holds that group values are not only expedient but right and good as well.
The external similarities of American life, in short, they hold as inextricably related to the inner similarities. My dad says that it was a pretty good deal. Some folks referred to that disparagingly as corporate welfare. Studies have now convinced organization people that engineers and scientists in industry make up its most disaffected group, and that something should be done about it.
The central ideal - that the individual, rather than society, must be the paramount end - animated Western thought long before the Industrial Revolution, or Calvinism, or Puritanism, and it is as vital and as applicable today as ever.
My dad brought home the scent of ink, paper and concrete, and his face felt rough at the end of the day, and I liked that. He must fight The Organization. The many points against the social adjustment emphases now prevailing are being vigorously sounded, and it is right that they should be, but one point needs to be made much more emphatically.
It is his work that must be paramount, and efforts to divert him into contentment are the efforts best calculated to bridle the curiosity that makes him productive.
Some will be outstanding, some not, but the few will never flourish where the values of the many are against them. We should never allow ourselves to be complacent about the external similarities of American life, or use prosperity as an apologia for Babbittry [ 1 ].Whyte argues that the ideology behind the organization man is a "social ethic." Its core beliefs are that the group is superior to the individual, and individuals lack meaning and purpose outside of that group/5(14).
Let us now broaden our view to organization man in general and ask what this climate of thought portends. If, as I believe, the people I have been examining in this book are representative of the main stream of organization life, one thing seems clear.
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