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THE UNNATURAL AND DEGRADING BUSINESS OF WORK

Many years ago, I happened across a manual written for college graduates entering the work force.   It contained the usual information about having a successful job interview, etc.,  but one particular paragraph was very interesting.   It dealt with the psychology of accepting submissiveness to authority.  It clearly stated that while yielding to a superiors authority may feel degrading and unnatural, one must learn to accept it  in order to function effectively and productively in the business world.  So in other words, we MUST deliberately allow ourselves to feel unnaturally degraded in order to work for a company.  This concept brings to mind the old process of “breaking” wild horses on a ranch.  The idea being that the untamed spirit of a wild animal must be broken, and the will of the master must be imposed in order to make the animal AGREEABLE to being ridden.  So when a person enters the work force they must willingly become “agreeable” to being submissive, no matter how unnaturally degrading it feels. How nice.

Whenever a company (large or small) puts you on their payroll they believe they own your very soul.  You are now bought and paid for.  Typically,  to an employer you’re nothing more than a number.  In their minds you were born into this world ONLY to perform whatever silly, trivial tasks they need completed.  Surely no one is so naive as to think they actually are “valued” as a human being by their employer?  And, of course,  if  they do not like the way you perform their silly, trivial tasks, they’ll  find another number to replace you.   Its almost humorous (in a grotesque sort of way) how companies demand the utmost loyalty and honesty from their employees,  yet show absolutely no reciprocation of that loyalty and honesty whatsoever.  You exist only for them, and the accomplishment of their silly menial tasks.  After all, they’re paying you, remember?  Therefore,  you owe them your life.  That’s the reality of being a hired hand,  an employee of a company.  If you think not, then you are truly fooling yourself.

I’ve known many people who worked nearly their entire lives for one company or another only to be let go because of “downsizing”, or “efficiency ratings”, or some other BS nonsense.   Some of them were let go without warning or notice.  Oh, but companies have the nerve to DEMAND that they are given at least two weeks notice before an employee quits his or her position.  What a joke!   Oh, but wait… they’re paying you, remember?

Most bosses are ego maniacal idiots, drunk on the power of authority.   They secretly (and sometimes not so secretly) enjoy making employees jump through hoops when they bark out an order.  They enjoy feeling the Godly power of life and death they wield in the work environment.  They may be nobody in the real world,  they may feel powerless outside the office, but inside those four walls they are King Kong.   And if you don’t like the selfish, cold, uncaring, inhuman way your boss treats you, well,  just remember….. they’re paying you.

And the subject of pay is a perfect example of just how “loyal” and “honest” a company is to its employees.   A long time ago, employees of all types were paid on a weekly basis.  At the end of the work week, you received your pay for the total hours worked that week.  Then, companies discovered something very interesting.  They discovered that by paying their employees, whom remember, they DEMAND the utmost honesty and loyalty from,  on the 1st and 15th of every month,  at the end of the year the employee will have unknowingly worked for approximately 2 weeks without pay!   Oh, how “loyal and honest” of all of these dirt bag companies to do such a thing to their trusted employees.

So remember, if a company wants to treat you like a meaningless number, well hey, they have that right, don’t they?  After all,  we were all born for  ONLY one reason;  to work for the company and ensure that they accomplish their oh so important bottom line, right?

Oh wait, and remember…..they’re paying you.

“THE WORKPLACE”

“The Workplace” is a commonly used term for the place where people work on their jobs.  I personally cannot stand this term.  It’s so antiseptic, so impersonally business, even sort of politically correct.  And if “workplace” is the correct descriptive terminology for our place of employment, wouldn’t such terminology be used for everything else as well?  We go to our house after work,  so is it “The Home Place”?  We sleep in the bedroom, so it must be “The Sleep Place”.   When we eat at a restaurant,  let’s call it “The Food Place”.  We go to a bank, hey, it’s “The Money Place”!  I’ll put my car in the driveway,  also known as “The Parking Place”!  And on, and on, and on!  So a little objective analysis reveals that the term “workplace” is actually a silly and ridiculous term created and used by the silly and ridiculous people in the dull, obnoxious, and repulsive world of business.  Now if you’ll excuse me,  I have to go to “The Crap Place”, er uh, I mean the bathroom.


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