Someone said to me recently that she “hates” the company that employs her. It wasn’t said lightheartedly. It was said with true disdain. She emphasized that she is looking forward to an early retirement; she won’t work a day past 60.
The comment has troubled me ever since. I’ve thought about it every day. First, if one hates a company so much, why not find a job somewhere else — in this case, it shouldn’t be much of a problem for this individual. Second, when one says they hate a company, what they are really saying is they hate certain individuals who run the company and, perhaps, the products the company produces.
Because, let’s face it: people make companies. Alone, companies are just corporate names and logos in brick and mortar settings.
So, in effect this person hates people in the company. That is what really troubles me, and has preoccupied my thinking process.
I found myself drawing analogies today when thinking about using drone technology to kill various madmen who terrorize the world and pose a murderous threat to millions.
Yes, drones are being employed in various battles, and may very well become the assassination method of the near future of both armies and terrorists. It all seems so clinical and impersonal — except it’s not. There are people remotely piloting those drones from afar. Drones are only an extension of the human mind and hand.
OK, it’s not a direct parallel to the “I hate this company” case I cited at the beginning. But it is yet another example of the impersonal ways humans gloss over real inner feelings and actions.
I may pick up on these points again in future posts . . . still thinking about it all.