- Jun 2021
Google’s headquarters, in Mountain View, California—the Googleplex—is the Internet’s high church, and the religion practiced inside its walls is Taylorism.
The idea of Taylorism as a religion is intriguing.
However, underlying it is the religion of avarice and greed.
What if we just had the Taylorism with humanity in mind and took out the root motivation of greed?
This might be akin to trying to return Christianity to it's Jewish roots and removing the bending of the religion away from its original intention.
It's definitely the case that the "religion" is only as useful and valuable to it's practitioners as the practitioners allow. In the terms of the McLuhan-esque quote "We shape our tools and thereafter they shape us." we could consider religion (any religion including Taylorism) as a tool. How does that tool shape us? How do we continue to reshape it?
While I'm thinking about it, what is the root form of resilience that has allowed the Roman Catholic Church to last and have the power and influence it's had for two millennia?
The goal, as Taylor defined it in his celebrated 1911 treatise, The Principles of Scientific Management, was to identify and adopt, for every job, the “one best method” of work and thereby to effect “the gradual substitution of science for rule of thumb throughout the mechanic arts.”
Reminder to go back and read this.
[[Frederick Winslow Taylor]]