Can the Christlike virtues of patience, forgiveness, and gentleness survive in a cutthroat technology sector like Silicon Valley?
Can Christlike virtue survive in a cutthroat technology sector like Silicon Valley? It’s a great question from a regular listener named Bill. “Dear Pastor John, recently the Wall Street Journal published an article titled ‘At Netflix, Radical Transparency and Blunt Firings Unsettle the Ranks.’ The article details the culture at Netflix, in which high transparency and bluntness in firing are virtues to be upheld in high regard. It’s a type of social Darwinism in that only the fittest survive. Fear of firings becomes a strong motivator to ensure short-term successes. But Netflix is not the only company to rid themselves of underperformers.
“Amazon, Facebook, and Apple come to mind too. In light of the biblical priority on grace, humility, servant leadership, kindness, gentleness, and many other qualities, how can a Christian exhibit such character qualities in a culture that perceived these virtues as professional weaknesses? And do they harm our witness? I live and work in Silicon Valley and would greatly appreciate your help.”