Setting: Charlie sat in silence, thinking to himself, 'D@*! right. Its worse than abandonment. It's back stabbing...with a smile and a severance to hide the blood.'
Charlie: Those SOB's!
C: I mean exactly what you said. They're a bunch of back stabbers who will shake your hand with their right while penning your pink slip with their left.
C: And you think that's OK?
R: I think its almost inevitable. I mean, you've seen it happen to others over the years....
C: But they deserved it!
R: Really? You know as well as I do, Charlie, that many of those people performed well. They just happened to be in the wrong place, or better, the wrong department, at the wrong time.
C: Some performed well.....but some didn't.
R: ...but some did. That's why they felt exactly like you do: Duped and discarded.
C: That pretty much sums things up, yeah.
R: Bottom line, most big companies have the face of a salesman and the heart of an addict. In the end, its about their survival. That's what matters.
C: An addict? So you're suggesting that I worked for an addict?
R: A seductive, charming one.
C: It's pretty disillusioning, to be honest. What I once believed about this company....
R: ...proved to be a lie?
C: Pretty much.
R: Seems to me that you are at a crossroads. Disillusionment ctends to drive people in one of two directions.
C: Are you talkin 'mid life crisis?' You know, 'new car or new wife?'
R: Uh, no. I'm talkin 'wisdom vs cynicism.' Most become cynical....a few become wise.
[To be continued]