Retrenchment and the loss of identity – why being dissed is a doozy

Retrenchment and the loss of identity – why being dissed is a doozy

 

Retrenchment is a strange devil – it’s something so scathingly passive-aggressive, we don’t know how to respond to it.
In a sense, as the Section 189 documents relevant to the South African retrenchment process will tell you – you have lost your position through “no fault of your own”. But any person who has gone through it will know that “no fault of your own” is as vague an HR term as are innovation, agile and core competency in the pretentious sport of jargon-slinging.
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Why grammar nazis are the worst kind of haters

Why grammar nazis are the worst kind of haters

I’ve been on many (too many) forums where people try to connect spelling and grammatical abilities to intellect – because, of course, if you cannot spell you are ‘lesser’, ‘dumber’ and (don’t you know it?) downright uneducated.

As a writer I have worked with many (too many) people who assume that I must somehow look down on others who struggle with language and writing. They assume I, too, worship at that pretentious altar of grammar naziism.

I don’t. (more…)

Overcoming bigotry in South Africa

Overcoming bigotry in South Africa

Hatred – any kind of hatred – is about fear, first and foremost. I have experienced hatred in myself, I have felt it, acted on it, been it before – and it has always been about fear.

It is a fear of losing control, a fear of change, a fear of loss, a fear of being exposed or having to face your demons. It is a fear of not being able to face reality. (more…)

Social media activism and the loss of compassion

Social media activism and the loss of compassion

Some people are so concerned with macro socio-cultural values that they inadvertently debase micro socio-cultural values.

Fact: the global culture has led to a more knowledgeable and interconnected individual.

The result is a global social network which does not shy away from addressing issues of a social or political nature on social forums and media. While the aim of such discussions may be inherently positive – such as to educate or enlighten others or draw attention to negative occurences, tendencies and values – the end-result is most often negative. In the name of ‘global accountability’, many individuals on such forums are marginalised, alienated and may suffer psychological bullying for either challenging views or not formulating their views in a sufficiently logical and coherent way. (more…)