Monday, September 4, 2006

Religion

From Wikipedia religion can be defined as
a system of social coherence based on a common group of beliefs or attitudes concerning an object, person, unseen or imaginary being, or system of thought considered to be supernatural, sacred, divine or highest truth, and the moral codes, practices, values, institutions, and rituals associated with such belief or system of thought. It is sometimes used interchangeably with "faith" or "belief system"[1], but is more socially defined than that of personal convictions...

I had to participate in "partnering" in a large scale construction project. One of the slogan (from those who "sell" partnering) I heard about partnering is "...the way we used to do business...". One of the routine that participants of partnering had to do is meeting regularly and submit individual scores against partnering charters. My comment at some meetings was that I see partnering as religion, i.e. you just need faith and you must go back and revisit your committments every week as if church visit every Sunday. Most people laughed and couldn't quite agree.

I don't see why people don't agree really. The ingredients of religion which resemble the intents of partnering have been underlined above, can you see my point now? Contracts are getting thicker and thicker. Lawyers are getting richer and richer. The parties to a Contract have mistrust built into the document by the time they signed on the line. If you don't believe in the partnering charters with blind eyes and throw away selfishness, ego and establish common goals partnering is a complete waste of time and money. It could be worse as some may think that partnering could be used to exploit interests of others.

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