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Solidarity in a Society of Esteem / Solidarität in einer Wertschätzungsgesellschaft

Solidarity as social cohesion thrives in Sikantis on the basis of mutual esteem.

A society is just as strong as its weakest member – or – a strong society takes care of its weakest members.

Solidarity is the glue holding a society together. People in Sikantis, the Society of Esteem, feel responsible for each other and make social cohesion the center of their actions. What does that mean?

In a society where solidarity doesn’t exist or is wrongly understood, it leads a society in the wrong direction. Many people feel themselves accountable to none and  are solely focused on  personal interest. Why is that so? The reason for such a behavior lies in scarce esteem. People in our society learn early in their life that they have to fight for, or even worse, they have to suppress others in order to receive esteem. Competition and exclusion are the result. These are opposite traits of solidarity. On the other hand some people think that society has to provide them with everything and they don’t need to develop themselves and their talents. They stand still in their lives or even move backwards.

 Let’s first take a look at the weakest members of a society. These are people who can’t perform in order to help the society grow and prosper.  The reasons are multifarious. Some are ill, too old, too young or disabled in some way. Others may simply need a new skill or education in order to participate.

Our current society marginalizes these people and withholds esteem from them because esteem is bound to achievements of any kind. These people are pushed to the edge of society from where it’s often very difficult or even impossible to reenter normal social life.

In Sikantis, people take care of the society’s weakest members. Solidarity is normal and daily. Esteem is given to everyone, so nobody needs to suppress or edge out others in order to receive esteem. The weakest members, those who are disabled or disaffected, are integrated and find their place in society. They receive the same esteem as all the others. Even if their talents might be simple or limited for whatever reason, they’re still acknowledged. They can experience themselves as full members of society being esteemed and accepted. This fundamental element of mutual esteem and solidarity creates in each single person the will to develop themselves to the limits of their personal capabilities or even further.

This is the kind of atmosphere true solidarity can create in a society: People want to learn, want to develop themselves, want to grow. Throughout their lives they’re given the opportunity to live their lives according to their abilities while receiving full esteem.

The greatest conclusion of solidarity is: In such a society there are no weakest members anymore. Everyone is an important and fully esteemed member of the society.

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Solidarität als sozialer Zusammenhalt blüht in Sikantis auf der Basis gegenseitiger Wertschätzung.

Eine Gesellschaft ist nur so stark wie deren schwächste Glieder – oder – eine starke Gesellschaft kümmert sich um ihre schwächsten Glieder.

Solidarität ist der Klebstoff, der eine Gesellschaft zusammenhält. Menschen in Sikantis, der Wertschätzungsgesellschaft, fühlen sich verantwortlich füreinander und konzentrieren sich auf den sozialen Zusammenhalt in all ihren Handlungen. Was heisst das?

Eine Gesellschaft, in der es keine Solidarität gibt oder in der Solidarität falsch verstanden wird, wird in eine falsche Richtung geführt. Viele Leute fühlen sich selber für niemanden verantwortlich und konzentrieren sich lediglich auf ihre eigenen Interessen. Warum? Der Grund dafür liegt in mangelnder Wertschätzung. Menschen in unserer Gesellschaft lernen früh in ihrem Leben, dass sie für alles kämpfen müssen, oder schlimmer, dass sie andere unterdrücken müssen, damit sie Wertschätzung erhalten. Wettkampf und Ausgrenzung ist das Resultat. Diese Eigenschaften stehen im Gegensatz zur Solidarität.

Andererseits denken einige Leute, dass die Gesellschaft sie mit allem versorgen muss und dass sie sich und ihre Talente nicht entwickeln müssen. Sie stehen in ihrem Leben still oder bewegen sich sogar rückwärts.

Schauen wir zuerst auf die schwächsten Glieder einer Gesellschaft. Das sind die Leute, die keine Leistung erbringen können, um die Gesellschaft wachsen und aufblühen zu lassen. Die Gründe sind vielfach. Einige sind krank, zu alt, zu jung oder auf irgendeine Weise behindert. Andere benötigen einfach eine Fertigkeit oder Erziehung, um an der Gesellschaft teilnehmen zu können.

Unsere gegenwärtige Gesellschaft grenzt diese Menschen aus und gibt ihnen keine Wertschätzung, weil Wertschätzung nach ihrem Verständnis an Leistungen gebunden ist. Diese Menschen werden an den Rand der Gesellschaft gestossen, von wo er sehr schwierig oder sogar unmöglich ist, ein normales soziales Leben zu führen.

In Sikantis kümmern sich die Menschen um die schwächsten Glieder der Gesellschaft. Solidarität ist normal und alltäglich. Wertschätzung wird jedem und jeder gegeben. Damit muss niemand andere unterdrücken oder ausgrenzen, um Wertschätzung zu erhalten. Die schwächsten Glieder sehen sich integriert und finden ihren Platz in der Gesellschaft. Sie erhalten die gleiche Wertschätzung wie alle anderen. Selbst wenn ihre Talente einfach sein mögen oder begrenzt aus welchem Grund auch immer, sie sind trotzdem wertgeschätzt. Sie erfahren sich als volle Glieder der Gesellschaft, wertgeschätzt und akzeptiert. Dieses fundamentale Bestandteil gegenseitiger Wertschätzung und Solidarität weckt in jeder einzelnen Person den Willen, sich zu entwickeln bis zu den Grenzen ihrer persönlichen Fähigkeiten oder sogar weiter.

Diese Stimmung kann dank echter Solidarität in einer Gesellschaft erschaffen werden. Menschen wollen lernen, wollen sich weiterentwickeln, wollen wachsen. Ihr ganzes Leben erhalten sie die Gelegenheit, ihr Leben gemäss ihren Talenten zu leben während sie volle Wertschätzung erhalten.

Das beste an Solidarität ist: in einer derartigen Gesellschaft gibt es keine schwächsten Glieder mehr. Jeder und jede ist ein wichtiges und wertgeschätztes Glied der Gesellschaft.

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Having a career in the society of esteem

The word “career” can make ones heart leap for joy.  Why?   Perhaps it’s because a successful career is each person’s ultimate goal in modern society.

Having a career means that we are successful and receive esteem.  In our society we connect esteem to money and prestige.

We also associate career with something else in our society: fear.  Fear of losing our achieved goal and as a result losing esteem in the form of money and prestige.

Some people can build a career without producing real achievement because there are numerous ways to climb the career ladder.  To participate actively with talent alone is only one way.

The society of esteem has a different relationship to careers.

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Esteem for performance?

In our society there are people who cannot work for physical or psychological reasons.   Others may not work because they are too old.   Many countries have pension plans that dictate when citizens have to stop working.  Some people willingly comply with this system.  They look forward to retirement.  Some of them didn’t like their jobs because it wasn’t what they really wanted to do.  After a full working life they are content to enjoy their hobbies and do what they love most.

Other people would prefer to work longer than the mandatory retirement age.  Stopping work only because of age doesn’t make sense to them.  Most likely they work in a job they love to do.  Their profession is their vocation.  They don’t see any reason to stop working as long as they’re healthy and successful.

The society of esteem allows everybody to work as long as they want to.  There are always people who want to stop working early in their lives, they can do it in the society of esteem.  The main reason why people want to work until old age is that everybody in the society of esteem chooses the job according to their talents and personal preferences.  Everybody works at the place they want to be, they perform the best and they get the most satisfaction. 

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Esteem replies to hierarchy of values, part 2

Hierarchy of values is the basis of our society. It works because two important points are fulfilled in the everyday life: comparison and competition.

In the last post, I wrote about comparison.  Today we’ll look at competition.

In a society with a hierarchy of values competition causes survival or death.   This may sounds overly dramatic but even the loss of a job can have sometimes tragic effects.

It’s quite common to assume that top performances can only be produced if we are driven by competition.  In a society with hierarchy of values it’s like this. The driving force of competition is fear of losing prestige, recognition and esteem. The loser in a competition is treated as less valuable, and is considered as less esteemed. Whatever achievements are created under competitive pressure they lead to short-term results and long-term human failures because of frustration, stress and fear.

The society of esteem knows no competition in this sense. Each person receives the same esteem for whatever his effort is. That’s why the people in the society of esteem are free from fearful feelings. People do what they do best and what they are able to do best. If there is a kind of competition in the society of esteem then it’s in the form of an internal impulse. As soon as our profession is a vocation we push ourselves freely to peak performance because we like our work and because our nature leads us to growing self-development.

The society of esteem replies to the hierarchy of values with esteem. If we live in a society of esteem we don’t have to deal with competitive stress. We can freely concentrate upon ourselves and our abilities. Only this brings us higher achievements lasting as long as our health and happiness.

Those who produce top performances with joy, motivation and full strength are the best foundation for a growing, healthy and equitable society.

Esteem replies to hierarchy of values, part 1

We live in a world of hierarchical values .  A hierarchy of values can also be called a gradations of values. One thing is worth more than something else.  One person is worth more than the other. We’ve known this since our childhood.

The hierarchy of values is based on two important points: comparison and competition. Today I’ll address comparisons. Comparing people with each other is the basis for a hierarchy of values. I don’t need to mention what kind of feelings comparisons impose on us. We internalize comparing so much that we often make no step in our life without comparing. We compare ourselves with others and we are also compared unceasingly.

Who among us doesn’t recognize our society in this picture?  Who recognizes himself in this picture?

The society of esteem knows no hierarchy of values, it knows esteem. There is no comparison among people. On which basis do we compare ourselves?  Each of us is unique and incomparable in the truest sense of the word. Being compared at an unequal level creates injustice of which we try to compensate incessantly. Continue reading Esteem replies to hierarchy of values, part 1