On high…

…horses and dudgeons

Some things have been happening at work. Not to me, to other people. Things that happens to people all over the world, every day.

Not the things that bothers per se. The way it was done was irksome.

Which brings me to the reason for this post.

How often do we stick to a situation even if it goes against every grain?

When do you say something, or do you always just keep quiet?

Can you, in today’s work environment, get onto your high horse and flip off the powers that be?

And then the whole thing goes murky.

You need to work. Otherwise you can’t pay your bills. And eat. And live somewhere.

But you also need a moral compass. A set of rules you follow. Some guidelines to live your life by.

And what would be a good reason to compromise those rules and guidelines? What could you live with in a situation like that?

It always starts with the little things though.

And then it escalates.

Before you know it, you’ve compromised yourself to such an extent, you’ve completely changed everything you held dear, just because you did not stick to your own moral code.

Maybe why the world is broken?

 

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16 comments on “On high…

  1. Oh, so true! It’s that ‘I wanted to be an astronaut when I grow up’ dilemma. You HAVE to fit in, otherwise they’ll just tell you to fuck off. In the bigger scheme of things, it’s important not to lose yourself. I am now regaining that mental equilibrium, slow but sure . . . 😉 survival has nothing to do with it. You could survive without it, like so many people succeeded in doing over the years; back then, times were tougher. We have it pretty easy . . . . 😉

  2. One has to balance ideals with pragmatism. Keeping silent is one extreme. Slating the unfairness – if that’s what an issue happens to be – is another. A mid course would be to question the action, and even if some blustering justification had been given, at least some action between the ears would have been generated.

  3. I personally always back down because I don’t like conflict. But it builds up and eventually you’ll lose it even more than what you would of if you had just let it out in the first place

  4. I once worked with a lovely, caring student psychiatric nurse who reported a charge nurse for kicking one of the patients. Needless to say, when the student had completed his training, he wasn’t offered a staff nurse post at that particular hospital. The rest of us, who’d trained with him, were really up in arms about it, but we didn’t dare protest too much, as we needed jobs. The offending abuser went in our little black books, though, so he sort of suffered from our withdrawal of friendship when off duty–no beers bought for him at the Staff Social Club and such.

    • I suppose that’s one way of making them understand what they did was wrong 😉
      Passive aggressive behaviour often times gets the job done just as effectively 🙂

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