A very wise man once said: ‘Life is a simple thing made difficult by complicated people.’ Actually it was me…but let’s keep that our little secret! Why are some people such a monumental pain in the butt? You could go and ask them but the chances are their answers would simply annoy you even more – plus you (honestly) can’t stand talking to them anyway, so why bother?
So what are we to do?
This commerce driven world in which we live means that (for most decent people) paying for the things they want (like: housing, heating, food, transport, clothes, smart phones and such like) requires them to get a job. If a new system were invented that enabled people to get everything they need without ever sullying their minds with something as tedious as work – billions of people would retire to the comfort of their sofas: relieved that they never need to smile ever again at the ‘Workplace Tool’ (nearly every workplace has at least one, but often more!). Alas, no such Utopia has emerged and until it does, wages are only likely to be handed over to people who actually do the jobs to which the remuneration relates.
Here’s the primary problem: some people are simply awful human beings. You didn’t want to say it – so I said it for you! There are people you wouldn’t even acknowledge even existed unless ‘the job’ forced you to, so essentially you are compelled to ‘make nice’ on a regular basis just for the money…oh dear. If the salary is really good, more people are likely to want a well paid job: so competitive, spiteful, ruthless reprobates are also likely to infect your working environment. If the job does not pay particularly high wages, competitive, spiteful, ruthless reprobates are still quite likely to slip through the net: so now you are dealing with aggravation from wilfully unpleasant people – and earning crappy money whilst doing it!
Finding fault with imperfect people requires no real skill or intelligence – which is why so many people are so good at it.
So what is to be done? Firstly, deal with your own reality. I have no idea who first propagated the myth that people should get on…but don’t be so naive! People born of the same parentage, raised in the same home, educated at the same schools and provided with equal opportunities: still manage to develop very considerable levels of contempt for each other – so why should total strangers be denied their fundamental human right to live and work like complete imbeciles?
‘Expect the unexpected!’ Be prepared to be surprised at just how dreadful some people can be. “Why does insert name here) always tell lies?” What a daft question! People tell lies because it’s easier (you could add natural, faster, cheaper, more convenient or habitual) for them to remain true to their core instincts. But the other principle reason that people tell lies is because they are damned liars! That being the case, why do you bother getting upset every time people do precisely what they did the last time and most probably the time before that too?
“Why does (insert name here) always take the credit for my ideas” The answer is staring you right in the face – you are dealing with a person of poor character (some might call them a sad git, but we don’t use that kind of language here!) Why bother being shocked when people: who lack anything that even barely resembles integrity, show the fruits consistent with dishonest, attention seeking, thieving, lowlife: individuals who are about as desirable as severe bouts of flatulence in a space capsule? I think the central point here is firmly established: stop being shocked when people do exactly what they have previously done and what seems entirely normal – for them.