My friend Stephi’s comment the other day made my ears perk up a bit. The sad truth is, things being what they are, eventually EVERYBODY will get their turn. Unless you are one of Thomas Sowell’s ‘annointed’. Even then, the underside of the bus is always a possibility.
Personally, rather than fear, I’m more wary. Definition of WARY: marked by keen caution, cunning, and watchfulness especially in detecting and escaping danger.
My wariness is based upon experience. We’ve all had bosses, good ones and bad ones. The vast majority of mine were in the military, where my sense of wariness was fine-tuned; private sector experience paralled it, only with the possibility of less damaging outcomes.
Look at it this way: in most civilian jobs, (barring criminal prosecution) the worst ‘they’ can do is fire you. That’s upsetting enough, but let’s face it, its not the end of the world. In the service, a ‘bad’ boss can do things which will mess up the rest of your life. One of my favorites was withdrawing a person’s security clearance, but that’s a story for another time. There are many dirty tricks in the old toolbox.
My point is simple: right now our country has a very bad boss who is ruining many lives. My sense of wariness is up to eleven, and I’m working feverishly for a change in management. You should be doing the same. Because otherwise, as we used to say, everybody gets their turn in the barrel.
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