Comic Explains Better is More than Not Bad

dilbert-logo-4152bd0c31f7de7443b4bc90abd818daPublished on October 10, 201


A continuing theme through all my work is the independence of positive and negative. Most especially I emphasize that actions to decrease a negative do not create a positive – they are independent. It takes specific action to cause a positive. I cover this idea, Create More Good, Not Just less bad in multiple posts and presentations (linked here, here, here, here, here, here and many others here).

Although I have been writing about this concept for years, it seems Scott Adams captured this concept in his October 5, 2016 Dilbert Comic strip (above) about Wally, who never does any work, so never did anything wrong ended up getting a high ranking. He got the high ranking because the focus was on what was bad and not what was good. It seems he is emphasizing how even though nothing was done wrong, he also didn’t do anything good and this misleadingly led to a high evaluation.

The ideas or grounding philosophies used in the health field used are pathogenesis and salutogenesis. Umair Haque of Harvard also used these concepts to describe business practices in 2 great books: Betterness: Economics for Humans and The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business.


Pathogenesis, origins of health and salutogenesis, the origins of disease, demonstrate 2 complementary approaches. My work had demonstrated that while it is good not to be sick, it is better to have a fulfilling and productive life. In the video below I contrast these two in this video: Pathogenesis & Salutogenesis: Frameworks for Life. Please remember it is not an either or but a both and using these concepts in complementary fashion makes for better outcomes.

Pathogenesis & Salutogenesis: Frameworks for Life 


As I explain in this presentation, we must be FOR what we want to create. The article I refer you to at the end of the presentation is accessible on this link, not the one in the video anymore.

More about this concept is captured in presentation I did for our sustainability group, Create More Good, Not Just Less Bad.

I look forward to hearing about how you create more good to dissolve the bad.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

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