Saturday, June 17, 2006
Dysfunction at the junction...
Pictured, Rosselli's Sermon on the Mount, Sistine Chapel
When I was in high school there was a Motown song "Function at the Juntion" - so that explains this title somewhat - it rhymes.
Today's Gospel from the sermon on the Mount speaks about not taking a false oath, and that we should let our yes be yes and our no be no - no dissimulating, no lying, no passive aggressive 'round the back door behavior.
That stuff happens all too often in the work place. Many times employees lie, make false excuses, use their time deceptively, and complain about others to take the attention off of their mistakes, bad behavior, or incompetence, etc. Sometimes Management does the same things, thus enabling the offenders to continue their charade. They will look away from a problem, perhaps hoping it will go away, yet nevertheless prolonging it. They do not enforce rules, maybe because they sometimes are afraid of lawsuits, or just paying unemployment, or just unable to confront someone or something. They want to be liked and they do not like confrontation, so this 'stealth action' thing goes on. It's dysfuntional. Dysfunction always starts at the top, in a family it starts with the parents. In a business it starts with Management.
We have to "put aside lying" in all its forms. We must let "our 'yes' be 'yes' and our 'no' mean 'no'. Anything beyond that is from the evil one." - Matthew 5