Thursday, June 29, 2006
Demotivation As Motivation (Smiley Faces With Bullet Holes)
I wonder at times how many of us have stopped to consider that everything we do is an act of war in one way or another. When I take or buy something I have diminished the available quantity by whatever number I have taken. To some that could be considered an act of war. Usually however it doesn't turn into war unless I perform some obnoxious act, such as lock the doors to the store on the way out or threaten everyone in the vicinity should they consider also diminishing the available quantity. War occurs when people fail to be diplomatic and as has been said many times, diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy' while you're looking for a bigger stick. But it really drives me nuts when I see there are so many people that just don't seem to be able to grasp the true nature of our world. It's as though they feel this deep-seated need or desire to slap a happy face on everything they can find.
I'm certain that this desire/need comes from viewing all of those stupid motivational posters in the workplace. I suspect that those posters as well as corporate sponsored classes cause harm not only to the psyche of those that are required to attend the classes, but also to the families of those attending the classes. I can't help but wonder if it isn't this one industry that is causing our inability to deal with things rationally. We can't even articulate unpleasantness anymore: Not as well as we used to be able to do it. It is as though we've become sterile, 'personality-challenged' individuals because of these posters and this industry...............................
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