You probably know the lyrics . . .
Well we’re movin’ on up, to the East Side
To a deluxe apartment in the sky
Movin’ on up, to the East Side
We finally got a piece of the pie.
But here’s the thing. There is no pie.
Pie-thinking presupposes a zero-sum game. I win, you lose. You win, I lose.
Pie-thinking constrains us to the subtle “tyranny of the or” rather than the “genius of the and.”
Pie-thinking is linear, rather than exponential.
Pie-thinking focuses the mind on constraints, rather than freeing it to imagine a world of innovation, opportunity and abundance.
Pie-thinking keeps us stuck, struggling to incrementally beat out the other guy, when it’s far better to blaze our own authentic new path.
Pie eating may satisfy a certain kind of hunger.
Pie-thinking is sure to leave us eternally unsatisfied.
I’m indebted to the Reverend Dr. Daniel Kanter for the inspiration for this post.