Bureaucracy Fiend or friend?
Keeping apprised of political situations can be depressing. One has to wonder why so many of the world’s citizens are in a state of helpless despair. The situation is becoming increasingly volatile, as the use of technology increases at about the same rate as the responsibility for its humane use decreases.
The reason this trend continues is that the ethical problems are almost never solved. They are buried along with a myriad of the hapless souls who are harmed by them. The solutions for these problems are food for the ugly face of bureaucracy, and it keeps its plate licked clean.
Bureaucrats often have little understanding of the problems they pretend to solve, but the reason they fail is that their primary objective is their own wealth, power, and fame. When greedy people occupy high positions, the cost and the blame are passed on to the victims.
If bureaucrats operated as individuals, reason would prevail. But, bureaucracies operate with exclusive monopolistic power over resources. Those who fail to cooperate for ethical reasons, or even practical reasons, are expelled from their intolerant, exclusive, and monopolistic power cartel.
The ethical reason for both government and business is kindness. First do no harm. The larger a bureaucracy, the farther the harm and unkindness is from the people who control the resources and decision making. Bureaucrats have little incentive to be kind, to do no harm, or correct problems that depress people, cause needless suffering, or premature death. Ethical rewards are for service to mankind, but bureaucracy profits by holding kindness hostage.
Clear business cells, that show (Who gets what?) and (Why?), will ultimately break the bureaucratic choke hold on civilization. Your mom was right. Kindness counts. Bureaucracies are patches of weeds in the economic garden, choking out kindness and competence, the fruits of civilization. Working in the economic garden controls the bureaucratic weeds. The work that is done there is not done for personal gain. Personal gain is the byproduct of public betterment.