Daydreams and Strategies
A good friend of mine just told me that he could walk through a brick wall. “Nothing’s impossible!” he informed me.
It’s easy to see why people think they can do impossible things like unassisted flying and walking through walls. Books, radio, TV, and movies continuously tell us we can. Walt Disney’s theme said, “When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true!”
Everybody loved Uncle Walt, except maybe the unions (click here) and the progressive activists in the film industry (click here). In 1941, he threatened a union man, “If you don’t stop organizing my employees, I’m going to throw you right the hell out of the front gate.”
Disney believed in the Red Menace, and in concert with other leading industry executives, formed the anti-communist Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals (MPA). In addition to serving as the MPA’s vice president, he testified in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee…. Disney also accused the Screen Actors Guild of being a communist front, and claimed their 1941 strike was a socialist plot. (10 Things you Probably Don’t Know About Walt Disney)
I’m leading up to something here.
Don’t Use Daydreams for Strategies
Walt Disney was a hard-fisted executive who led his business into a billion dollar empire. Do we think he did that by wishing on a star? No, that’s not how he thought, but it’s how he wanted us to think. In general, that’s how all our bosses want us to think.
Rational, scientific thinking is how things actually get done. Its philosophy is materialism (click here). The opposite philosophy, the one popularized by the bosses, is idealism. It is characterized by daydreams and superstition.
When we talk about strategies that are bread and butter, life and death matters for real people, we should be using our materialistic thinking. We can be idealists in our off time.