Writing as far back as 1999, Poet and priest John O Donoghue talks of the much maligned way of knowing called imagination. Imagination he says is passionately interested in wholeness and wholesomeness. In John Quinn’s recent publication “Walking on the pastures of Wonder” he quotes John
“Huge multinational marketing systems are targeting teenagers and what they are achieving is incredible. Parents and teachers could never get teenagers into uniforms and yet multinational corporations have done it. Teenagers are all wearing designer gear. The label is more important than the garment. At the most subversive times of their lives, they are indoctrinated with this peer virus”
So who is shaping our life? Have you recently taken time to reflect on who is indoctrinating and telling us how to live life? I am really struck by the question of who is behind all of this paperwork and requirements which is managing to transform the workplace into some type of stress inducing, soul crushing environment obstacle race.
Look at your situation !!! Teachers bemoan the extra hours which seem designed to make them work longer and serve the god of “YOU have got to be seen to be working as long as somebody else” The system takes over, the why is not relevant. Medical employees need to do the paper work even if the patient is distressed, the farmer who has used a sprayer all of his life now needs a qualification to do so,the god of productivity in the factory is in charge, that care of the worker might be conducive to happiness and contentment is irrelevant.
Who is behind the paper trail epidemic I ask you dear reader. Are we all going through a teenager stage yet again? Are we so used to powerlessness that we shut up and put up. Is it irrelevant that our very soul is being sinned against, our imagination sidelined, our sense of place in this wonderful world unimportant.
Dear reader i would love to hear your opinion, at least it would be a sign of hope if you took the time to reflect on this. If confused perhaps turn to wonder