You Can’t Escape It

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Corporate America is the High School of adulthood.

And I will tell you why.

You have your jocks that frequent the gym and hit on every piece of pussy that comes their way. You have the mean girls who huddle around and gossip about everyone else, including each other. You have the weirdos who say inappropriate things at just the right moment. You have the loners who don’t want to be bothered by anyone else because they realize that it’s not High School, it’s a damn job.

If you think about the earliest learned behavior we all encounter it’s how we’re socialized as kids. Who we believe is worth our time to speak with due to our own preconceived notions of what is and isn’t cool invariably breaks down to our own perceptions.

As children we are taught how to either lead the crowd, be a part of the crowd, desperately want to please the crowd or say Fuck The Crowd! We all have belonged to one of these groups and ultimately we either stray from these groups as we get older or unconsciously remain a part of these groups for our entire lives.

Have you ever met someone who is ridiculously immature? A lot of times it’s not that the person is acting childish, it’s just in their nature to act that way because developmentally they are missing something that they should have learned as they matured.

Some people learn their roles in society early in life and become complacent with what they have to offer. They never want to move beyond who they are perceived to be so they never aspire to be more than what everyone else sees. It’s not a good or a bad thing but it is one of those things that can place you inside of a box that’s hard to escape from when you allow other people to define who you are.

Conversely, though, it’s also in Corporate America where people can become something completely different than what they are perceived to be in their home lives. The holier-than-thou office gossip may be a lonely, sad whore during the weekends. The office brownnoser may be undermined and disrespected inside of a house with a spouse, three kids and a dog. The office ladies man may be an insecure drunken loser when he’s off the clock. They make strides to be something other than what they truly are when they’re outside of their homes because their home lives are unsatisfying. So they become what they wish they could be to escape the sad reality of what they will always be.

Just a thought.

 

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  6 comments for “You Can’t Escape It

  1. Dome Woo
    October 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Nice thought and I agree with you for the most part, I would just add that this is a global thing and that there’s always room for people to improve. Changes are hard to be achieved by people and let’s face it: People are afraid of change. – I’ve worked for multiple companies, the perks of a temp, and I’ve met all of the characters you were describing in your post. This one time I had a female co-worker, who was the loner type, because she only saw it as a job – the company wasn’t too happy about that, because they expect their employees to be all family/friends like (which is a thing companies are doing on a regular basis nowadays) – they let her go. / At a different company I’ve experienced homophobia, which made them transfer me to a different department. I confronted the offender and asked him one question: “Give me one reason, one single reason, why I shouldn’t go to HR and have you get fired for breaking company law and two civil laws on top?” He got scared, took me into a corner and told me that I had misinterpreted the situation, that his gesture or playing with somebodies balls was aimed at the colleague that was driving me home the day before. I told him that that’s bs and left it at that. I wasn’t going to tell on him, because I thought that scare was enough for him to stop. Well, he stopped, but he told other people about it and those people stopped talking to me. That’s when I figured out that I had confronted the jock – who was actually overweight – and he warned the rest of the jocks that I’m not to mess with. / To myself: I guess, I’ve been through all of these stages, which reminds me a bit of the final essay in The Breakfast Club: “Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole saturday in detention for whatever it is we did wrong, but we think you’re crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out, is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basketcase, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.” – Which is why I say, we can’t label people, since that’s too simple, people are more complex than that!

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