The work situation is a creation that has great psychological value. Through work, we are able to escape the effects of the dilemma (mental work that creates tension – some good, some bad) by projecting it into the work situation. In a well organized situation the dilemma is, as it were, caged, and workers are able to enjoy its power without seemingly paying a price. Work is not the invention of western society; our contribution has been to deify work. Industrial work is modern mankind’s answer to a religiousless society. In past societies religion provided the source of mankind’s work, and through spiritual work religion showed us how to go beyond the dilemma. The Mandala of the Buddhist and the Cross of the Christians can be seen to be symbols of the conflicting forces to which humans are subject in the degree of suffering that these forces can create. Zen, more than any other spiritual discipline, invites us to seek the heart of the primordial dilemma, to open oneself to its implications and to finally resolve the dilemma in a way that does not destroy its potential.~ Albert Low Zen & Creative Management
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