Business, Politics and the Personal – Part ii

Continued from Business, Politics and the Personal – Part i

&#149 Business: People are in business to make money. That’s a given. I understand that.

The Good Person Myth

I don’t like the fiction – pushed by the media – that a successful businessperson or famous corporate entity has higher morals or ethics than anyone, because their profits are high or they have millions and billions of dollars. The only people who love these businesses are its investors, owners, and perhaps a couple of satisfied customers.

When it comes to money, people in business are no different than the gangsters portrayed in movies. I often think that thugs might have a code of honor that business people lack. Note how they have to teach ethics in school. Study after study shows that a majority of students cheat on their exams.

No matter what paperwork they sign or the promises they make, business people lie as much, if not more than criminals. Think of the difference between drug dealers and pharmaceutical companies: one uses deadly force, while the other uses the deadly force of the government.

In case you are wondering, here’s an example: required immunization shots that may actually kill you. One has the government’s imprimatur, whereas the other does not.

They want to know everything, even when it’s none of their business.

We’ve got business people who assume I’m a liar, or hiding something because there are time gaps in my resume. It can’t be that I’m taking care of personal business, because in America you have no right to privacy or a life. Sometimes the fact is during those gaps, I wasn’t doing jack. What would there be to write? Sought and obtained various vacuous propositions from January through December.

You are supposed to tell all. There’s not enough money in the world for me to tell anyone anything that I consider irrelevant to the tasks at hand. And what is a job? A series of tasks. Nothing more, nothing less.

And yes, I am arrogant, and I still get hired.

Only we can be dishonest, we make money.

What is it that these knuckleheads will say? Well, you could have been in jail. Honestly, like you really care what I’ve been doing? What a crock! This is a blatant contradiction given that in this great country, businesses routinely hire folks who cannot speak English.

Businesses routinely hire people with Tuberculosis (TB), Hepatitis B, and other contagious diseases to work in their restaurants, meat processing plants, hospitals, and the like.

Businesses routinely hire people to work under the table: employees will take cash payments instead of a check. I’ve even interviewed some employers – not for a job – because I couldn’t understand how their type of business made money. Well, if you pay people off the books you can.

But me? I might be a criminal, because I speak English, live in a house, paid off the car, went to school, finished school, etc. I still get punked for it.

Honesty is for suckers.

So, I might be lying about my college degrees if the dates don’t sync up neatly with my times of employment? Wow, what gall! Do you want a blood sample, and the first born as ransom too? This is an era where corporate CEOs claim to be graduates of Ivy League colleges they never attended. I know none of them had to mail copies of their transcripts or degrees to anyone.

Know the right people and no one will hassle you about anything.

I have to account for every day, every week, every month and year. Yet, if I cross the border, just got off the plane, or have the right connections having built a grand career on lies, everything will be cool boss.

Don’t forget, if you are an American employee, you are lazy, suspect, criminal and devious.

My advice: follow the crowd and be a business sociopath. No one will notice the difference. Businesses love liars and storytellers. Honesty is for suckers.

Remember that no one here respects people, because we all supposedly have an entitlement mentality. Entitlement to what? Respect as a human being? Apparently that is asking for too much.

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    Working it Hard vs Working it Smart

    My philosophy, while working towards a goal, used to be: if it was not an agonizingly painful task, then the goal was not worth achieving.

    I’m still wondering exactly where, or how, I acquired that insane mindset, because agony doesn’t justify the means to an end.

    In the early years of putting myself through school and working at the same time, which seemed never ending, pain became associated with achievement.

    Overall the pain was basically hustling: a lack of sleep, hunger pains, walking for miles without transportation (and I had achy knees back then), worrying about criminals, worrying about failing a class, being able to afford the school, finding a job after graduation, and so on and so on.

    It’s hard admitting I was a masochist, but what could I do? I wasn’t one to give up on anything easily. I’m still not that way.

    Today, I’ve eased away from that position of absolute sacrifice, absolute pain for the end result. I try to work smart over break the back slogging.

    I’ve interviewed at many places for a job, and when I was hired (I always liked the places where I worked) one thing stood out at the interviews: they were really nice to me and never treated me like a convict. There are people who never offer you a drink, tell you where the bathroom is, or out of some decency and kindness ask if you need anything. I don’t ask, because I am testing them as well.

    There was a company I went and interviewed at and they wanted the equivalent of: a lie detector test, blood sample, urine sample and maybe first born if available. It would be cool if the job involved national security – I’d gladly pee in cup – or as Laurence Fishburne said: “I’d bleed to keep the flag red.”

    However, my skills are computer programming. I’m a highly adaptable glorified desk jockey, there’s no larceny in my heart. I’ve even been called “nice.”

    I’ve dialed down the hardass, but I certainly don’t want to let my guard down either and think everything must be easy or it’s not doable.

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