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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
When you read the comment threads of most social media posts and online news desks you will see that everyone has an opinion.
And that is kinda great – it’s very democratic after all.
But if you look at those opinions closely, you’ll see that everyone’s offended. (more…)
“Leave One Direction alone!”
Did you say that in the right voice?
Okay, I’m not that passionate about defending boy bands and teeny-popstars – I have never been a fan. I am, however, a bit perplexed at the amount of energy adults put into dissing boy bands and teen stars.