Sunday, March 10, 2013

Survivor or Stockholm Syndrome?

I appreciate the response I've gotten so far to this post, both in comments and emails. It is clear that the modern workplace, for all of its gadgets and enhanced productivity, has devolved socially into a series of rote, semi-forced public rituals where everyone pretends to like each other, bookended with the daily routine of undermining each other, in the futile hope of retaining a precious toehold on dwindling health care benefits, in the proverbial jobless recovery. (Yeah, yeah, I heard -- numbers were up last week. Whoopdee-fuckin'-do. Wait for the inevitable "adjustment".)

I submit that it serves as a handy microcosm as well for society at large -- a bunch of frightened, cornered rats huddled in a corner, cheese moved overseas, nosing the weakest out in front whenever the cat comes calling, thankful only that this time it was someone else. What a wonderful way to go through life.

So I'd like to hear from all of you folks in comments, about your experiences in the workplace, good, bad, or indifferent, past or present. Maybe you got sick of the shit and found a way to leave the rat race and be self-employed -- by all means, please share that as well.

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