What enables a nation to survive is benevolence and justice; what enables people to live is practical virtue. A nation without justice will perish even if it is large; people without goodwill will be wounded even if they are brave.Why is it that an unjust nation cannot survive for too long? I think history has shown that injustice is the engine for unrest and unrest leads to a host of problems. Let's look at just one of these many problems.
~ a passage from The Book of Leadership and Strategy by Thomas Cleary ~
When a citizenry believes that their society is unjust, it hurts productivity. Why put your all into your work if you truly don't believe you will be able to get ahead and/or be fairly rewarded? If you know ahead of time that your efforts will go unnoticed or someone farther up the food chain will garner all the accolades, this easily can thwart the motivation to perform at a high level.
So, you trudge off to work each day. You do what is asked of you, but little more. The bosses keep trying to wring greater productivity out of fewer workers, but the dampened morale stifles the potential for greater success.
In time, the decreased productivity begins to impact the owners. The bottom line doesn't look as pretty as it used to. So, they apply even more pressure to produce on an already demoralized workforce. At some juncture, the pressure becomes too much for the beleaguered workers and, in one way or another, they explode.
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