Wednesday, August 23, 2006
It's come to me this morning that any large institution will have its built-in buffers to thwart the various degrees of reprimand (internal or external) by throwing responsibility (blame) on a sacrificial lamb. The sacrificial lamb is usually someone with no advanced knowledge of the position they've been hired for, a fair amount of intelligence but an even greater amount of trust. The trust is awarded to a supervisor or other person in the ether of a hierarchy who directs the movement of the lamb, either to slaughter or redemption. Slaughter can be a slow death which causes the lamb to remove itself from the unpleasant environment or a quick termination. Redemption is a sacrificial lamb post at an even higher level of responsibility. The Person in Control can have any number of lambs for sacrifice, embedded in the various notches of an institutional structure and available for sacrifice when needed. The sacrifice of the lamb preserves the reputation and the position of the Person in Control.
at 8:35 AM