Good fruits require good plants, good soil, and a good gardener

Luke 13:1-9. The parable of the fig tree

What does it mean to be converted? To be transfigured? To undergo metamorphosis?

Real transformation cannot happen to a basic entity alone without any interaction with other entities, similar to how fig trees cannot bear fruit without good soil and a good gardener. The interactions between these entities allow good fruit to emerge – a new entity unique and independent but related with other entities that interacted to produce it.

Imagine – what good fruits can business, organizations, and educational institutions produce if it leans into its entanglement with other sectors of society? The possibilities our boundless.

Sometimes, we are keen to use sexy buzzwords such as “disruptive innovation” or “radical transformations” or “sustainable development”. But these can only happen authentically if our desired sustainable outcomes are clear, and if various institutions harmonize into an ecosystem of virtues.

Relating this a bit to Philippine politics, who is the leader who can cultivate good fruits? Who will not polarize, but rather, harmonize us?

[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 79: MARCH 20, 2022]

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