Why Kissing Your Sister Isn’t So Great

everyone-winsMy wife just told me about a news story where two fifth-grade boys are going to stand trial in juvenile court for conspiring to stab a fellow female classmate to death.  These two kids had an elaborate, seven-step plan devised to lure the girl away from the school and stab her to death, and one of the boys was to be ready with a gun to stop anyone who tried to interfere.  Why?

Because the girl they targeted had been mean to them in the past.

What the HELL is going on with our kids these days?

It starts with kids not knowing how to handle conflict anymore.  For several years the trend has been everybody wins and nobody loses.  When kids enter into sports or academic competitions at an early age there are no losers.  Everyone gets to win.  No one can have their feelings hurt anymore.  This is pure communistic behavior as far as I’m concerned.  Everyone has to be the same, no one can excel and the rewards go to everyone instead of those who deserve them.

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Translating Corporate Speak

bottomless-pit.jpgQuestions:  Everybody has them.  Answers:  Some people have ’em, some don’t, some don’t care.  Personally, I don’t care.  When it comes to questions and answers, I like to take the apathetic approach, which is why I have opinions instead of answers.  A former boss of mine from long ago liked using the phrase learned apathy.  Basically it means the longer you are exposed to something, the more you just don’t care about it.  I guess it’s like the phrase familiarity breeds contempt.  I have a person in my long-ago past who used that term, too.  She was my girlfriend at the time, describing our relationship.

Buh-bye, see yah, I don’t care.

So, what does it all mean?  Well, one of the most idiotic things in our lives is we go to work each day, get paid, and are expected to make a contribution at work in exchange for that paycheck.  For some reason, ownership and management expect to hire you and then you have to uphold your end of the bargain by being smart, conscientious, making important decisions and other ridiculous things.  The workplace is a joke.  We should all just get paid for doing nothing.  After all, this is America, right?  There is nothing wrong with being lazy, unproductive and flat-out stupid while some bloated rich guy pays you a salary. Politicians get away with that every day!

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