The English poet, Matthew Arnold, writes about “The Buried Life” as follows:
I knew the mass of men concealed
Their thoughts, for fear that if revealed
They would by other men be met
With blank indifference, or with blame reproved;
I knew they lived and moved
Tricked in disguises, alien to the rest
Of men, and alien to themselves.
In contrast, American psychologist Carl Rogers writes of what I will refer to as “the unburied life”: in Rogers words this “unburied life” is described as Becoming a person, Freedom to be, Courage to be and Learning to be free.
In the light of these two contrasting descriptions of life I ponder the two questions:
what does business want from its employees? And how can I as an employee get what I want through my work-place relationships?