Looking at the gridlock in Congress, and the failing leadership of our president, I have been reflecting on the relationship between decisions and results. Is it hard to think about the wisdom of the hive when we see Congress’ ineffectiveness. Their group process also has aspects of dysfunction groupthink, indiscriminate blaming and avoiding of responsibility. It is a case study of what not to do, but a model that we are saddled with. It leads me to recall my experience of other groups where people talk endlessly, but find it hard to actually get something done. Saying something in a group seems to be therapeutic, and people have a sense that if they say something moral or right, then they have acted, and they relax. That is what Congress seems like this week.

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