I find this video ridiculous.
Depressing indeed. And worse, such people run the world. Where will a man not recede but his "inner kingdom".
What is so depressing about it, Stelve is just trying to dance enthusiastically.
Hmm. This post somewhat baffles me. What is depressing about it? Given the kind of stuff you write, I can try to guess: maintaining a cheerful demeanor - and that is all it is - befitting the leader of a group trying to instill/retain the beliefs/values surrounding it ... all in a materialistic spirit?I remember hearing something like "sex, beer and money is the only happiness we know" (in a greeting card), which is interestingly true. We are discontented for most part; that is normal for the way neural connections tend to form in the midst of genetic and societal influences.Related observation: in one study, I noticed that CEOs rate extremely low in the "trust" factor (the poll was something like "How much do you trust X" where X is a list of social positions from CEOs, environmentalist, so on...). So I also wonder if our cynicism towards CEOs and others in power could be more of a fantasy than actuality (it is quite possible that Steve is personally enjoying his state of affairs).
@darshan, @eldude: This is supposedly a great leader of great minds, the second largest one after Google. Pathetic is the word that comes to mind.@srid: The way he is going about it says something depressing about how supposedly very highly intelligent humans motivate each other.
HARMAN: The way he [Steve Ballmer] is going about it says something depressing about how supposedly very highly intelligent humans motivate each other.Ok, I see where you are.Motivate to belief/work-for the system, correct? Even though - genetically speaking - sex/food/safety are our *natural* motivations, the social structure in general and capitalist system in particular does all it can to channel/adapt this energy into serving its cause. This structure/system itself is powered by the same evolutionary tendencies (power, for instance).And can these feats and festivals - such as the one performed by Steve, those "company events" in night clubs and inculcations containing the phrase "mindset for growth" in company meetings - be considered the "ritual" of this religious system of identities instilling beliefs/values in other nascent identities (and vice versa), which instillations *are* the rituals?
Its not that the employees are taken in by all this motivational crap. They are smart and thus know that the co tries to get the most out of them and they from the co, and screw it for a better opportunity.
The very notion that people could feel inspired and motivated by someone feigning unbridled enthusiasm is indeed pathetic and depressing. What sort of a cretin would actually be motivated and inspired by seeing this guy jumping about and roaring senselessly? The fact that it's an intelligent and esteemed businessman and technologist, not a World Championship Wrestling Contestant, makes it doubly pathetic. (Though I find such things depressing in ANY context ... even wrestling).Both the end (to inspire and motivate you without a legitimate reason) and the means (crude empathic rub-off for idiots who can't tell the difference between faked raw emotion and genuine interest, enthusiasm, inspiration) are tasteless in the extreme.Like so much of modern America, it's cheap show-biz. Heaven forbid that this shit ever comes to be expected and demanded in our real leaders.(wry grin here).Cheers,Jack.
I found him incredibly fake! I also felt that not many among the audience actually felt motivated. :)But what surprised me was, why would you be depressed? I honestly felt, having been to the US, and having worked in the software industry, you must have come to terms with such drama!
JACK: The very notion that people could feel inspired and motivated by someone feigning unbridled enthusiasm is indeed pathetic and depressing. I have personally found myself automatically feigning inspiration/motivation under such circumstances purely due to the pressure to conform; and thus imitate the ambiance, which is the bodily/psychic expressions of inspiration from others possibly responding to the same feigned unbridled enthusiasm by the leader.It feels odd/blasphemous to remain unconcerned/bewildered in the company meeting when everyone else is cheering at whatever is being said in accordance with the financial/capitalist/materialistic objectives of the organization; don't you think?
Precisely Srid and we do this feigning where ever humans gather. For if you do show just how little you are reacting emotionally or sentimentally (of at all) to just about everything humanbeings engage in, you will spin them out and they will behave towards you like little dogs freaking out at an unexpected shape in dim light. We have no other choice on this Shutter Island of *in*mates, but to engage in familiar ways to the culture of human nonsense or suffer the consequences.
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