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The Accumulation Of Rules

According to that dumbass BD00, in any given level in an institutional hierarsy, the number of internal org rules a member of that level is required to follow is a function of the number of levels above. Each level makes some rules for the levels below. Relatively speaking, the dudes in the head shed have to follow zero rules and they concoct the “high level” rules for the levels below them.

As one travels down a dysfunctional hierarsy, the number of rules to be obeyed is cumulative. By the time you’re down in the bilge room, the number of written and (especially) unwritten rules to follow is essentially infinite. The irony is that while the unfettered infallibles at the top keep piling on the handcuffs, they’re also simultaneously professing their love for empowerment, taking-initiative, dedication, trust, loyalty, yada-yada-yada.

T’is what it is, just another paycheck-for-repression tradeoff. You can’t have your cake and eat it too, so suck it up soldier!

  1. aawwa
    October 17, 2012 at 9:27 am

    “hierarsy” – what a great new word! It is SO good not working in that sort of environment. Also true that I eat less cake these days 🙂

    • October 17, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Of course, I pulled it out of my arse.

      • aawwa
        October 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm


  2. Dick Danjin
    October 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

    So,having agreed with your assessments a source of the expenditure of physical and mental energy needlessly a system.I would suggest that in a technical system sense the work of Elliott Jacques,a starting point being his book The Requisite System.

    • October 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Thanks Dick. I browsed the book on Amazon. Bummer that it’s only available in tree form. Plus, the lowest “used” purchase price is $52. I think I’ll pass on this one.

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