Opinion: Oversized ego

POSTED: 10/19/11 6:53 PM

St. Maarten has a shortage of prison cells, and we apparently don’t have money to buy beds for the immigration detention center in Simpson Bay. Is there an app for that? Yep, it’s all about efficient distribution and that is not always the case in our beloved Kingdom.
Take for instance the Netherlands, where hospitals have an overcapacity of 5,000 beds. A researcher found that for instance the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam has an overcapacity of 313 beds on a total of 1003 beds. The Erasmus Medical center in Rotterdam (1,320 beds) has an overcapacity of 336. In Utrecht the Academic hospital (1,042 beds) has an excess of 240 beds and the Radboud in Nijmegen (953 beds) has 237 beds without patients to keep them occupied.
So the four hospitals combined have an overcapacity of 1,126 beds. In other words, with all these empty beds they could easily equip a complete new hospital.
The hospitals have criticized the survey and say that the results are incorrect. That’s not surprising, because taking away beds from hospitals means budget cuts and hospitals dislike that as much as the next guy.
Still, it makes one wonder. Maybe the numbers are a bit lower, but it is tough to maintain that there is no overcapacity in the face of these numbers.
The reaction from the hospitals is typical. Rather than look at the facts and come up with ideas to use resources efficiently, the hospitals prefer to deny that there is overcapacity.
Why does this reaction come across so familiar? It is because this is what organizations that have grown fat over the years do. They are in their comfort zone, they feel all-important, if not all mighty, and anyone who dares touching their sacred Kingdom will become the target of their wrath.
What lies behind all this is ego. Hospital managers have it in spades, a bit like Gerrit Schotte, Helmin Wiels and whoever else is riding the gravy train in Willemstad.
The ego has been described as a reflected center, an entity that reflects what others think, a by-product of living with others. We do not entirely agree with this perception, if only because it suggests that the ego is exclusively determined by external factors.
If that were true, everybody would be in a mess, because there are so many negative impulses around us every day. People with a big ego, like Gerrit Schotte, suffer in a way from delusions. Nobody can touch them, nobody is going to tell them what to do, and nobody is going to criticize them. The ego blocks out reality and creates a reality of its own – one that fits a certain agenda.
This is what makes Schotte do what he does. He is not acting in the best interest of his country, he is serving his oversized ego.

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