Dignity, where art thou?
Our goal-oriented society is full of political platforms, strategic plans, long-range plans, position papers, white papers, proposals, action memos, and self-study reports.
How many of them feature human dignity as a framing theme and objective?
Oh sure, we talk plenty about growth, outcomes, opportunities, profits, “measurables,” and the like.
But as for “dignity”? Well, we’ve got our work cut out for us.
In the workplace, a “markets and management” framework that embraces unregulated industries and unfettered management control continues to hold sway. It spills into our political realm, where trickle-down economic theories and practices dominate our domestic and international policy debates. It has been this way for at least the past 30 years.
I don’t know why we’re so afraid to embrace the concept and practice of dignity. Does it make us uncomfortable? Do we see it as an impossibility? Is it too threatening to the centers of profit and power?