Traversing workplace politics is a skill we all have to learn at one time or another, and it can be a long arduous task that strains the willpower of even the most patient and understanding among us. A few years back I was employed as a machinist for a local company near me. One of the sales staff, we’ll call him mark, was a veteran and was deployed to Iraq.
He never saw combat as far as I know but the man always, and I do mean always found a way to work his military service into the conversation. We could be talking about our pet dogs by the water cooler, and he would find a way to work the glory of the U.S. army into the conversation. He did this as a form of virtue signaling. One specific example sticks in my mind today, years later. We were on break, all of us gathered in the break-room where a television was turned to CNN. This was at the height of the war in Iraq where things were most violent, the man walked into the break-room and proclaimed loudly.
“Thats what I’m talking about man! the US military over there kicking ass and takin’ names, we should all be thankful for these guys!”
He then scanned around the room with a look that reminded me of some Maoist seeking out dissidents of the cultural revolution, waiting…hoping that anyone would voice anything resembling disagreement. By this time we were all used to his antics, everyone pretty much just ignored him and apparently satisfied, he left the room in pursuance of his next adventure.
There are al lot of these people in the world. People that follow a script that is considered upstanding and moral by society and make it their thinly veiled mission to walk around daring anyone to disagree so that they can ostracize them along with societies help. This brings me to an article I came accross titled Man weirdly aggressive about being a dad that highlights similar behavior from a dad finding any and every excuse to remind you that he is in fact… a dad. I’m of the opinion that this behavior is, at least in part a means by which men who have reproduced sometimes wish to subconsciously denigrate and disrespect men who have chosen not to. Heres some of the text.
IT worker and father-of-two Wayne Hayes seems to think he has attained a more important status in society thanks to the fairly commonplace act of procreation.
Co-worker Nikki Hollis said: “Wayne keeps saying things like ‘You can’t afford to lose your job when you’ve got kids’ as though it wouldn’t matter to a childless person.
“He also gets quite angry about anything child-related. Today he was ranting about low-quality school dinners as if everyone else in the office was in favour of stuffing his kids with reconstituted chicken fat.
“I think it’s a sort of emotional blackmail to make everyone listen to him, which no one did before he had kids and he just used to drone on about Terry Pratchett novels.”
These behaviors seem to fall directly in line with what I call breeder entitlement mentality, and it stems from the belief (from both moms and dads) that the entirety of society has to chip in to help them navigate the monumental and super important task of adding more people to the planet. If you do not have children and you’ve lost your job?… well just be thankful that you don’t have other mouths to feed, forget about the fact that you don’t know where your next meal is coming from. The stakes are much higher for the breeders so just figure it out you selfish childless vagrant.
Hayes said: “I can be vocal about being a parent but that’s only because I love my kids so much and anyone who disagrees with that disrespects all the parents in the world.
“I do discuss using extreme violence against completely hypothetical people who’d harm my kids, but that’s totally different to being a random nutter with anger issues because of the ‘little ones’.”
Ah and here we see the hypothetical fantasies of violence, a tool for slightly disturbed peoples to commune with their desire to see violence done to others by conconcting horrific scenarios (involving their own kids suffering in some cases) so that they can fantasize about beating the shit out of or killing someone. Watch out for these folks gentleman. theyre potentially violent and always have something to prove.