Grant, I like your bringing in the analogy of Sisyphus and his endless task of rolling a large rock up a hill, to have it only roll down again as it nears the top. One of my colleagues describes his work that way.
Some months ago I learn of a sociologist who did research on the structure of organizations. Unfortunately, although I thought I'd written it down somewhere I can't find it. (Man, I wish I could remember his name and the research he did.) Anyway, his research identified 3 types of organization. The most restrictive is more like an antagonistic monarchy, where someone's in charge, makes all of the decisions and doesn't listen to anybody (messengers are censured). The opposite extreme would be an idealized open source group, all opinions are listened to (including all messengers) and given lots of consideration, etc. Then there's the middle group, which is characterized by maintaining the status quo. I remember the thing that struck me most about the middle group, which I'd never seen before, is that the messenger may be listened to, but they are then ignored.
I suspect that many of us may work for something like that middle group. Even if we go to the business to convey ideas such as the how California's Consumer Privacy Act will eventually filter down to us, they'll ignore it. At least until something drastic happens, such as some compliance that affects only California businesses makes its way to us.
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