Here’s my guess.
Yes, if you live in the United States.
Otherwise, probably not.
Same phenomenum, different beliefs.
But is the experience really the same?
As a boy, I helped my grandfather around his small farm.
My favorite job was gathering eggs from the henhouse.
Each time I returned with my take, I was instructed to leave them on the kitchen counter.
And there they sat.
I never questioned that decision.
It was what I knew, it was how I was raised.
When I returned home to the city, the eggs were in the fridge.
And I never thought about that either.
It’s what we did, who we were.
So, I had two different beliefs about eggs.
Beliefs determined by my environment, my “cultures.”
Beliefs influenced by the beliefs and behaviors of the people around me.
I had a vague idea that the store eggs must be different.
But I had no idea that it was because they were commercially cleaned.
An elaborate American requirement that strips the egg of its natural, antimicrobial coating.
Thus making them more susceptible to Salmonella.
So my beliefs were, in fact, pertinent to my situations.
Even though the reasons were unknown to me.
But that’s certainly not always the case.
And especially not in our modern day organizations.
Despite all of the rapid changes in our wild market economy, we hold tight to our beliefs.
Because it’s what we do, who we are.
The way we see the world, our “reality,” is determined by the people around us, our “culture.”
We have a vague idea that what we’re doing is appropriate.
Because, like me with the eggs, we feel that it’s appropriate.
But maybe, just maybe, it’s not.
Perhaps something has changed.
Something that makes our behaviors irrelevant.
So instead of doing what feels natural and right, it may be time to dig a little deeper.
It may be time to question our beliefs.
Here’s my guess.