This past weekend was great and I wrapped it up with the chance to go to conference where I had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some folks running global companies. I was really feeling great.
Then I was dealt a really shitty hand at work. Now, my hand isn’t as bad as a co-worker. His choice is 1) Move to a new location where his wife dying of cancer won’t have local family for 24×7 support to rush her to the hospital and such, or 2) Refuse to move, be let go, and lose his health care benefits …for his dying wife. Yeah, in the light of that one, my issue seems pretty minor.. I feel like a putz bitching while he suffers all that shit in silence. THAT is a real Master, even if he is nilla.
Collectively, as I look around at all the people being treated like shit, its not a warm fuzzy I get when I go to work.. which really sucks because I love what I do.. Some days, enjoying your job is a little like rejoicing because you were one of the few who go a lifeboat off the titanic. Sure you are happy, but showing it would make you feel guilty. And it doesn’t help that there are people sitting right next to you drowning.
I am sure the people forced to run the furnaces at Auschwitz prayed everyday that if they could just get through burning this last group today, by some miracle the trains would stop showing up tomorrow.
I’ve been in corporate America too long. I’ve seen way too many people told to “pay their dues”, and they do.. only they pay them to a person who gets fired. The next honcho doesn’t know them, doesn’t know what they went through, and doesn’t care. They only care about the people that helped them get ahead. So it was all bullshit. A company’s loyalty starts when a paycheck is promised and ends when the paycheck is issued.
The only workers that end a career with decent pay and benefits are the one ones paid for by the taxes.. the government jobs… which is ironic because we who pay for that early retirement with good benefits don’t get the same. Kind of sucks to pay for someone else to get what you need.
I tend towards being fiscally conservative, but I have seen a huge erosion in worker rights in the last forty years.. That is going to have a backlash.. its going to lead to a rise again in unions, and socialism, and don’t kid yourself, at the heart of BOTH world wars was a battle between capitalism vs communism. Oh sure, nationalism played a role but behind it was the drive to stop either capitalism or communism.
So here I am. I should be happy. Great weekend, awesome business trip, and a slave at my side. So why am I breaking every rule I lay down for my slave? I command her: Thou shall find thy happiness! It is like my first decree to her. I am in a glass house, pissed and throwing stones, yet for the life of me, I can’t break this foul mood.
You know what though? At least I know its just a moment.. One of many moments, each with its own flavor. You need many flavors or life would be boring. There were good times before this moment and there will be good times after.
I am pouring out a load of negative shit, which you will want to react to, but who knows? By the time you can respond, I may have already vented enough to put this moment behind me.. yeah. Helps to have a slave curl up in your lap at the end of a day like this.
Carpe Diem my friends.. Go take the world by the balls and squeeze… but save a kind word for a friend who may need it.. Bless those who suffer in silence.. what amazing people they are.