Passion or anger? Smart or dumb? Both of these questions are obviously opposite sides of the coin. As a young man getting my feet wet in the working world I became very interested and out-spoken in the goings on within my workplace. Why? I didn’t agree with some of the union language, practices and treatment of some within my workplace. The powers to be at the time did not appreciate my opinions and positions, but that did not matter much to me. I did not care if I was liked or being part of the club. I was exercising my rights and getting my voice heard and isn’t this the point of being unionized?
Today many years later much as changed in my workplace and in my way of thinking. What was poor treatment of the worker is gone. The issues I fought for, equality from top to bottom and fair treatment of all have been realized. Along with better wages, time-off and opportunity. Sadly though a large portion (the younger) of the population do not see this. One reason being they were not part of that past. Other reasons, ignorance and laziness. Ignorance in having no interest in learning the past and understanding where we have come from. Laziness, the lack of reading and understanding what they have. The reliance on others to read, explain what is clearly written in their collective bargaining agreement. Why read? “That’s what you (the steward) is there for.” Really! This is the overwhelming response, verbally and in actions, by asking the same questions over and over again. Along with repeating the same mistakes.
The lack of interaction is what really is disturbing. Union meetings that are of low attendance for one. Followed up by the complaining! Lets understand what complaining I am referring to. The complaints of “why” things are the way they are. I get the fact that things do change, so with a complaint should come an idea, should it not? One would expect one but they rarely are offered. Complaining, a nation of whiners is what we have become. Is it just better to complain and blame others for the things you desire but do not have the guts/ambition to go get?
Being lazy and a nation of wimps is what we have become. Far too few are real leaders (though they act is if they want to be), stepping out and challenging the status quo with real ideas and a vision. Where would we (I) be today if it were not for standing up, speaking my mind and offering real ideas? And being willing to challenge and eventually lead?
Passion or anger? It is a little of both. I have passion for my beliefs and the change I have brought. Anger for those who have plenty of negative things to say but offer no real ideas. Until ideas are offered, I will remain the smartest in the room and you the lazy complainer will stay DUMB. Or for a nicer more sensitive way of stating, far too many are okay with being wet behind the ears.”