|Well I would have sanctioned it, Steve, but I'm stingy with my Red Checks. Still and all, nice thoughts.|
Russell Madden's thoughts are subtle:
For some businesses, it is money. After all, our culture informs us with sickening regularity that those involved in business are corrupt, unworthy, and exploitative. At best, they are the equivalent of herd or pack animals, a convenient means to supply the populace with their "needs" and desires. What does it matter then whether such beasts of burden obtain dollars tainted by the coercive and stained hands of the State? As Ellison points out, he scares away the "money-units." No different in principle than the managers at Wal-Mart who feared that a cashier who "offended" a college student purchasing junk with her food stamps might take her stolen lucre elsewhere.It is true, though that the repenting Harlequin Ellison is himself a causal factor. As a teenager, he was published in the Letters columns and then went pro. He helped a generation break free of the bonds of plot and language. Now at our age, he laments being devoured by the revolution.
Reading the Noyeke complaint, I had to ask myself why Noyeke did not complain to HR? Myself, I am not so easily offended and prefer not to be offensive in a corporate setting. So, I would never complain about Jesus in a cubicle. In fact, such a complaint would not get any consideration, and rightfully so. I tend to agree with the intent of such harrassment rules, non-objective though they are, and must be.
What I see is a trend (one of many, admittedly) toward "vulcanization" of the human race. We want to see each other as intellects, not bodies. It doesn't matter if you are a hot dish with 40-inch melons or an old geezer in wheelchair. What counts is your mind.
I'm all for that.
Dobbing people in on their speech habits, dictating behaviour and tastes all smack of Nazism to me and that is what is happening with the politicization of the workplace.Ok, Godwin's Law says that discussion ends as soon as anyone says "Hitler" or "Nazi." Also, I warrant that this guy thinks that the women who would not date him in college must have been lesbians. Personally, I like lesbians. Not only are they hot, they are so centerist: women with the brains of men. It's why I like working with gays: men with the brains of women. I believe that in the not-so-far future, Earth will be a planet of sterile female worker bees.
Many companies have someone in HR that handles any complaints. Usually a clipped haired lesbian type. Who said those people in University couldn’t get jobs? What chance did you have these people who hated your guts in University anyway?
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 12/14, 6:32pm)