On Being Laid Off, Part II

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Something came to mind the other day. It’s how we feel about people who have been laid off.

No. 1 – No one gives a crap, so get over it. People will say that they care, but I wonder if they also think, “Man, I’m glad that isn’t me.”

I’ll be up front and confess that I’ve thought that before. I sort of feel bad about your job loss, but I don’t. Most of us are so caught up with our own lives that we just don’t have time to take on the problems of our family, friends and colleagues. We’d like to, but we don’t.

That’s a lot of “don’ts.”

No. 2 – What are you going to do now? You better get a job. These were the first words out of my brother’s mouth when I told him that I had been laid off.

Then we had a testy argument.

In a way, most people will think Nos. 1 and 2, although they probably won’t say No. 1, and they’ll only say the first half of No. 2. It sounds a bit harsh, but that’s just how it is.

Life goes on for all of us.