Humankind is driven by two interconnected quests. In Management speak, these quests could be termed as:
- Root Cause Analysis
- Continuous Improvement
Thus comes the desire to continuously understand why it is that we are doing what we are doing, and how we can improve whatever it is that we are doing.
If someone gives us the feeling that he/she knows more than us about these questions, it gives us the security and we tend to follow whatever he/she tells us to do.
Politicians, God men, prophets, management consultants.
But do they know everything?
Do they know how my situation is different from my neighbor's?
Like, if I call the doctor on the phone and say I have a stomach ache, can he tell the difference between a stomach upset and an inflamed appendix, without asking me further questions?
As Baba Mick Jagger once said, "he can't be a man, 'cause he don't smoke, the same cigarettes as me"
More so, should I follow such a guide?
It's not quite my Buddha moment, but I think it is very close.
If it all worked out well for him, will it work for me?