Who is John Galt?

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately.

A lot. I’ve read 6 books since the start of the new year and I still have several more to wade through.

I recently read Atlas Shrugged in about a week. At several points I reflected upon the organizations I belong to and work for. One glaring example stuck out.

We formed the EMS Committee several years ago to try and turn the tide on a lot of organizational rot, several of us noticed it and with some blessing from higher up we formed the committee with the purpose of making change. It ended up collapsing on us, not for lack of our desire, but because those of us that thought of a solution faced push-back from those that had something to lose from us gaining ground. They always seemed to be the people that hated the idea of their people being any more than pawns, and that our rightful place was droning on without any regard to the safety or well being of ourselves or our co-workers, or our patients.

So, we went on strike. The committee hasn’t met in over a year. We discuss ideas amongst ourselves but we rarely share them with any one else.

I’ve been asked to help with several different projects, or to volunteer for various things. I’ve refused outright (mostly) because I refuse to assist an organization that doesn’t basically have my best interests at heart. None of my counterparts have either. The one time I DID volunteer, I basically figured it was either get a favorable outcome or risk being forced into a position I didn’t want to be in, so it was more of a matter of self preservation than a true interest in helping the organization get along. As a result of the lack on input from any level, there hasn’t been any serious direction. Old projects and ideas are being repeated, seemingly in an attempt to redefine insanity.

So why John Galt? We’ve been told that we should simply tolerate the lowest common denominator and accept that whatever high ideals we set that they will inevitably be lowered to accomodate those that don’t have the ability to meet them because “it’s not fair.” It’s not fair to the public that we have to give them the lowest common denominator and it’s not fair to those that seek to be better that they have to be held back by those that can’t achieve for some reason or another. Just like John Galt, the minds that powered the organization through one of the greatest expansions in it’s history have decided that their best effort isn’t worth what is being offered. Lots of those minds are looking for an out, and several have found them.

We’re on strike.