There is no pie

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.

One thought on “There is no pie

  1. Well written! oink oink… and to add from the NYTimes 8/6/11 written by Drew Westen…..

    ‘400 Americans control more wealth than 150 MILLION of their fellow Americans’ … now that’s a tangible I can see!…. my kid’s school auditorium….in 14 ct. gold chairs, of course!

    The pie has been eaten and so has the cake … tsk, tsk…..

    The way to find some crumbs to eat for the rest of us is to create new innovations and manufacture only in the USA (period) that will create jobs and stop the hemorage. We also need to find some compassion in our world to help others, support industry and stop the ‘survival mode’ for your own position in life.

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