Individuals have goals, ideals, and plans they are constantly striving to meet - striving to make a reality in everyday life. A frequently sighted strategy is to “Fake it until you make it.” I interpret this as pretending something is so, going through the motions as if it is so, and talking as if it is so. This can create energy and momentum that will help propel the something forward and into reality. The strategy is based on good faith and sound intentions - it does not validate pretending in order to avoid actually doing something.
I wonder how this strategy applies to organizations and societies. The pictures above are of signage I saw at a school visit recently. Reading these signs was great. I felt wow, they really have the important stuff figured out here. They are making it a priority. Or, is it a matter of fake it until you make it? Are the messages in the sign actually alive in every hallway, classroom, and teacher/student interaction? Are they alive in how the students experience their days at school? I am sure not 100%, even 80% would be huge. But, they do send a message.
It makes me think of times I have spent working on signage that could convey behavioral expectations. A hall lined with rules and expectations for behavior is all about telling those walking the hall what I, as a school, want them to do and be like. It does not tell them that I care about them, that I acknowledge them, or that I understand the educational process they are going through.