Myth of Control

“I’ve reached the end of the tether …. The team will never deliver the results I want, just like my daughter’s magic doll.”

“What about the magic doll?” I’m sure there’s a metaphor coming up.

“She gives it a silver wash to make it look like an alien, and the paint cracks up  in a short while, displaying the original face.”

I picked up the doll and unscrewed the head — dolls one after another kept tumbling out till he exclaimed that he did not know it was a nested doll.

“Change will not last until it percolates to the innermost layer … There is something inside, down to the last innocent, pure and naive piece which resists change at outer levels … control is a myth till you understand and learn to penetrate inner layers. 

People don’t like becoming alien to themselves to keep you happy – it is their core that needs to change to accept what you say.”

18 thoughts on “Myth of Control

  1. “People don’t like becoming alien to themselves to keep you happy – it is their core that needs to change to accept what you say.”

    And that change does not come overnight, nor without effort on both the individual tasked with changing and the individual(s) proposing the change(s).
    You used a very effective metaphor, Reena, in the form of the nesting dolls.

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  2. >Senior bureaucrats sometimes take about turns in books written after retirement – they were never in sync with what they were compelled to do.” (your reply to ceayr)

    Call me cynical, but do they, the bureaucrats expect anyone to believe them? But then, after a life/career in power, it only natural for them to continue to view life as ‘I say it, so it must be true’.

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    1. Yeah… that repetition is enough to last a lifetime or their political term. Senior bureaucrats sometimes take about turns in books written after retirement – they were never in sync with what they were compelled to do.

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