I’ve just started reading Beyond culture, by Edward T Hall, an anthropologist. The book is largely about ‘extension transference’; the process by which people misapply or are led by their ‘extensions’, which include language, tools and institutions. Bureaucracy, as I think Hall will point out later in the book, is another of these extensions. There are, I think, parallels between the way our minds not only use language, but are in important senses controlled by it; and the way our society is governed by institutions that no longer have objectives congruent with those of society. In both cases, the tool (or ‘extension’) has become overly influential, primarily concerned with its own survival, and dangerously controlling.
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