In a video on YouTube, called Nonviolent Communication and Corporations, Dr Marshall Rosenberg talks specifically about how the old domination structure affects how businesses function. As he passed away, this is the closest I can get to sharing his teaching; I have transcribed his words to share how he thought about this topic — radically different to our usual way of thinking and very inspiring. Part one is here; this is part two. It is long — 4,738 words and so you may wish to find a way to read it slowly, when you have more time. I use the ‘send to Kindle’ extension on Chrome.
Marshall: These are people that’d be killed. Actually, I’m convinced that most schoolchildren could solve the conflict very quickly, if you simply told them what the resources are and what the needs of both sides are, you see.
Paula: So it doesn’t take a PhD in psychology to put this into action.
Marshall: It takes somebody with a consciousness of human needs and an ability to translate moralistic judgments into needs. That’s a core part of our training — that all language that criticizes others is essentially a tragic expression of an unmet need.
Paula: Why is there such a tendency to criticize others to make ourselves look good?
Marshall: Because we’ve been educated for 10,000 years, according to the theologian Walter Wink, in his book The Powers That Be. We have been educated for 10,000 years to maintain domination structures in which a few people dominate many and such structures require a language of domination, a language in which people at the top who claim to be authorities know what right, know what’s wrong, know who’s good, who’s bad. Because those judgments are necessary to determine who deserves reward and who deserves punishment. So, we have been educated not to think of our human needs; we have been educated to think in terms of moralistic judgments.
So the way to undo this… we’ve got to be careful that the way to undo this… is not to say we’ve got to get rid of this thinking…