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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Which One Are You?

Hey, people, look what a reader sent in:

Rao postulates three groups in any organization: the Clueless, the Losers, and the Sociopaths. The Clueless mistakenly believe that the organization is actually supposed to do whatever it pretends to be for: selling widgets, saving endangered herons, or educating school-children, for instance. They are dedicated to this mission and work hard, and creatively, to further it. The Losers have a job because they need a paycheck; their motivation is to make work reasonably pleasant in exchange for minimal effort. The Sociopaths recognize the reality that the organization is just the setting for a power game played among themselves.

I’m a total Loser in this classification. I’d be glad to be somebody else but, unfortunately, my institution doesn’t have a mission I can support. Plus, my individual mission is at odds with that of the institution, as I only recently started to realize. 

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4 thoughts on “Which One Are You?

  1. Alex on said:

    With enough self-delusion about my institution I can be a Clueless. But if I allow myself to realize that my institution is Sociopathy writ large, then I’m a Loser.

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  2. I’d like to be Clueless but I’m more of a Loser (though I believe in the mission – I just realize the institution is a very blunt tool for achieving it).

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  3. Crystallizing chaos on said:

    Ah, that feeling when you find mention of your favorite blog on another one of your favorite but unrelated blogs. 🙂

    Under Rao’s scheme, being a Loser isn’t a bad thing. Only the Sociopaths and the Losers are guaranteed some level of self-actualization – Sociopaths by exploiting other people, and Losers by ‘exploiting’ institutions. The Clueless are forever condemned to slave at the alter of the institution or values or whatever.

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