How to Be Less Human in Business – Lessons From the Ancient Chinese Empire

How to be Less Human

How to Be Less Human in Business – Lessons From the Ancient Chinese Empire

In his new book, How to be Less Human, Israeli writer Gilad Asher poses a series of questions that arise from the human condition. Questions that challenge our assumptions and values, our assumptions and perspectives, our responses and our definitions of right and wrong. Questions that challenge our assumptions and preoccupations, our values and preoccupations, our responses and definitions of right and wrong. And in their answer, Gilad Asher proposes a course of action for how we might learn to live creatively and courageously even in times of greatest danger.

But first, we must understand that in times of crisis we are all too human. The very nature of our species is to adapt, fight back, and overcome. This book asks us to consider the importance of having an early warning system and how to harness it. It says that sometimes it’s better to not think at all – to suspend judgment and await signs from above, rather than to try and act on instinct alone when the time is right. Gilad Asher suggests that we look to the example of ancient Greece and China as models for how to respond to threats, how to develop courage and how to have an early warning system in place.

We can learn a lot from the history of how the small group of individuals who governed the Ancient Chinese Empire chose to respond to sudden changes in their environment by developing early warning systems for their city-state and how they gradually took back the power that was rightfully theirs. These small groups of self-made tycoons slowly learned that the way to accumulate wealth and power was to exert discipline and vision, and not to act on emotion alone. In the final analysis, we must remember that being human is not an obstacle, and that is part of what makes us unique among animals. As we adapt and survive in the business world and strive for excellence, it is important that we never lose sight of who we are and how we should act.