First, I have to say, fuck being depressed.
And fuck being anxious, pessimistic, worried, irritated, angry, and cynical. Good bye to all that crap.
Hail to happiness. Hail to joy, optimism, excitement, fun and spontaneity. Hello to all the positive things. I mean, if we can chose what we are, isn't this what I can be? You betcha. All I need to do is overcome my personality, habits, and pre-disposition. No sweat.
All this comes about from imagined conversations about being fired, let go, laid off, unemployed, made redundant, re-balanced, downsized, re-engineered, off-shored, outsourced, contracted out. Apply whatever cosmetic rationalizations you wish. We all know what it is -- nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more.
Continuing to play connections, the imagined conversation came from a bank robbery and an evil place. The bank robbery took place last Friday on South Ashland Street, in Ashland, when the local Bank of America was robbed. My wife asked me this morning, where is the BofA on South Ashland? I'd been wondering about that, too, but didn't know. To the Google! A few keystrokes and mice clicks revealed the amazing knowledge.
The BofA is in the Albertson's shopping center less than a mile away. We pass it several times a week. As my wife realized where it was, I went on, "We never use it. BofA is one of the evil places so I don't think about it. Never look at it. It is persona non grata to me."
It's not an evil place, of course, any more than the other evil places on my list of evil, like WalMart, the king of evil. All this nonsense comes out of my liberal bias toward trying to make people, animals and earth important, instead of making money. Those of other political and religious persuasions will provide me other lists of evil and point to brown people and abortion clinics. We're all in a net of evil, and we weaved it, if we think money is the net of all evil. It's not the money, it's the things.
My employer is evil. This is where the imaginary conversation began. My employer is not really evil. It places great importance, high value, on its share price. I think that's its number one priority, making the imaginary conversation circle around, how important is the individual?
This calls for a list!
1. Stock price.
2. Earnings per share.
4. Bottom line.
5. Executive management.
7. Senior management.
12. Product teams.
13. Individual employees.
14. The environment.
15. Everyone else.
16. Everything else.
Yes, pretty damn cynical list. Felt great creating it. I laughed inside like a maniac. Means nothing, of course, other than fun for me, a bit of mental fluff to rationalize my opinions and behavior, give me the reason to thumb my nose at 'work' because I have no work, nothing to do except busy work. My part of several projects doesn't take place for a while, and I may well be gone by then. I have no idea what the other employees are doing nor how they feel, except what they post online in various forums or the brief snippets said during meetings. Private opinions of the company is very closehold lest the company strike down upon thee with great vengeance. Online, there are many who share my take, or I share their take. We used to say in customer service that studies show that every complaint received represents about thirteen other customers who didn't bother to complain. Can the same be said of employee complaints?
From there, the conversation climaxed: "Fuck it. I'm going to take a walk and go get coffee."
Scintilatting stuff. It's like it's written by the brilliant orator, college basketball coach Bobby Knight. The conversation will never take place anywhere so I've recorded the gist here. As far as the evil corporations go, what goes around, et cetera. So I like to believe. There's little evidence to support me. I can also add, Money can't buy happiness. Of course, from my point of view, I have some money and if I didn't my perspective may be very, very different, especially if I was out there tilling the soil in a hard drought, hoping to grow enough for my people to survive.
Instead I'll finish, fuck evil. I have better things to do.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com