Organisations tasked with solving a problem that is, basically, insoluble, get nervous. And so periodically they call a meeting that is attended by other organisations that have similar responsibilities, and are similarly nervous. And the meeting functions as a demented game of pass the parcel!!
Hat-tip to JL for this wonderful observation!
So, meetings as a form of organisational anxiety management (and blame-storming)
Cf What Dave Barry said – organisations have meetings because they can’t actually masturbate. Well, masturbation is both pleasure (ego-potlatch) but also TENSION RELIEF. QED!!!
Dave Barry – “Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot masturbate. …“
Oh, this from Robert Heinlein – “A committee is the only known life form with six or more stomachs and no brain.”