Friday, May 30, 2014

Double Whammy For Competent People And Other Malcontents

Wonder why there is all this endless concern about "bullying" in the school and workplace? Do you get tired of hearing it? Ever consider there must be some larger concern in the background driving all this noise about it?

It is because all the research going back more than 80 years, almost coinciding with the introduction of wide scale IQ testing, shows that the brightest and most gifted people are also the worst bullied and ostracised from cradle to grave.

The government wishes it could just ignore all the facts because they are really disturbing. On the other hand, they have all these goofy questions from the peanut gallery inquiring why all the "go-juice" seems to have vanished from the economy over the last two decades. They are trying hard to figure it out and every time they pay for research, the facts come back and they are unacceptable. People are crying because they don't have no more taco fixings and consumer junk. The crops are dying and we got all these dust bowls. Somebody ought to do something, the sheeple screech. They really ought to.

The innovators, problem solvers and the brightest part of the population seem to be opting out. The cleverest ones form little online businesses that rarely employ more than a few people and cannot make a dent in the unemployment rate. The dumb ones cluster in the big corporations and participate in huge useless meetings all day long for years and years, trying to discuss why none of them ever seems to accomplish much of anything. Including figuring out why that is at all these meetings they hold.

My knowledge of history, which is more extensive than that of most college graduates you know (everything is relative) tells me there is nothing strange about our era.

In all declining civilizations, the good men retire to tend to their private gardens. They stop taking part in the larger social fabric and it is rapidly revealed that this little 5% of the population was doing nearly everything of consequence.

Permanent staff are great at putting on birthday brunches for their fellow employees when the date approaches. Everything else, not so much. What is much, much worse … which these governments discover again and again when they study the problem … is that they drove off all the good ones a long time ago through a variety of techniques which invariably alienate even the most determined quality people. Everybody makes a big deal out of the fact that Steven Jobs came back to Apple and fixed it after being run out of his own company on a rail. They never stop to consider that for every story like Steven Jobs that has a good ending, there are ten million stories you never heard about that did not end like this at all.

Even as a good tree produces good fruit, so a bad tree can only produce bad fruit. You know them by their fruits. Most of them are fruits. Just not the good kind.

"Women who had been bullied by a member of their own sex said they felt they may have been targeted because their senior colleague felt threatened by their abilities."

Implicit assumption is that men can handle the same kind of victimisation on their own. They are absolutely right. Men do handle these situations better than women. They become a kind of person described as a transient for the last forty years (1970's) in the hard scientific research. They work as contractors, temps, day workers and they get paid up front without having to go to performance reviews, sit inside round robin conferences while their fellow office members tear into them and single them out or listen to people who are threatened by their competency discuss when the earliest available opportunity is going to arise for them to leave. In other words, they arrange their affairs with a maximum of benefit to them and to minimize the pain and harm that can be done to them by others. It is just another example of why they are the brightest and most creative problem solvers.

Every once in a while on the road to bankruptcy, managers stop laughing for a couple minutes and they look around. What ever happened to old so-and-so, they think to themselves? That guy that was here last year. Right after we hired him, all sorts of stuff seemed to fix itself. Then there was that girl who used to work over in that corner. A lot of new business seemed to flow in when she was sitting over there. They try to focus for an instant but it is gone. Another dude is guffawing about a foul in last night's game and he loses his train of thought, which was never very persistent to begin with. "It was righteous, man, he totally fumbled! I'll send you the link to the You-Tube video, it was awesome!" Yet even after he steps back into the shadow of his office door (Fifty years of research says cubicles don't work, software people (not managers) need privacy to be productive) he has a faint sense of disquiet. A corporate review board is coming up next month. They are going to be asking again why they never seem to make any progress on that revision system that has been so carefully set up to track issues. He knows the guy who is chairing it, he will have a couple drinks with him after work and set the guy up with some tickets to the game, he is sure he can rig it for another couple years and then he retires. Life is good. … but just to be safe, he knows he should call that recruiter. Better get one of those contractor guys in for a couple of months so that when the board review comes up, he can show them some kind of progress on something. They'll use the contractor to keep treading water and keep upper management baffled on what is really happening down on the floor. Those contractor guys are always good to buy a little more time. Besides, when the scrutiny ends, they can just cut the guy like they always do. Makes no sense to waste money you don't need to spend. Those contractor guys charge a lot more an hour and they are weirdos, besides. Most of them don't even like football. They are either fags or maybe crazy, all of them. You don't want people like that around any longer than they are needed to bridge a crisis.


Russell said...

Tex, this is just one reason why I keep reading your site. You just described what I've been seeing for a long while now. Makes me feel less insane.

"The innovators, problem solvers and the brightest part of the population seem to be opting out."

Going Galt might be based on natural law and more than just a clever idea from Rand.

"The cleverest ones form little online businesses that rarely employ more than a few people and cannot make a dent in the unemployment rate."

Here in the remains of the USA, there are reasons why you never, ever want to hire more than a very few people. The government has made it clear it will bleed you dry of everything you might make, then toss you to the progressive horde for further fun, and if you so much peep in protest, the full weight of the State approved violence will make your remaining time on Earth a living hell.

Aside from that, the State has made sure the pool of potential employees are riddled with land mines and time bombs, assuming you even want to hire some dumbed down moron to begin with.

I currently work at a big corporation. Your description is on the nose.

"Fifty years of research says cubicles don't work, software people (not managers) need privacy to be productive"

Guess what they are pushing at work? Yup, open office spaces. My team refused, they pushed us downstairs in some papier mache cubes. Better then the nightmares of the low wall cube farms.

Even knowing about IQs, r/K selection theory, introverts vs extroverts, factoring Thal vs Saps, I still struggle to understand the mind that would create such a muddle and the mind that doesn't see anything wrong with it at all.

Luke said...

From personal experience I can confirm that the smart kids are ostracized and bullied the worst. I skipped 6th grade and entered high school at 12 years old. Most of my teachers seemed to hate me. I think I made them feel threatened. I would always ask hard questions, but as I got older I realized that was only hurting me, and I just checked out most of the time.

The info about olfactory cues registering subconsciously on the playground is fascinating, thank you Tex. I could never figure those kids out and just tried to ignore them, and always had a few close (thal) friends instead. As you say, Sapiens speak to establish status.

College is much better. I am in a computer science program which leaves very little room for BS. I just had to keep my mouth shut during the GEs (US Cultural Pluralism Requirement for example).

August said...

They don't really give you a place to opt in, anyway, because they are too busy prioritizing nonsense. My director got on the elevator with me recently and started doing depreciating humor, suggesting I didn't want to see him because he might be contagious. I told him it was just all the meetings he goes to- apparently he's seen this expression I have, the one my co-worker describes as the face the eldest child makes when one of the younger siblings is either fibbing or just doesn't have all the facts together. This face has gotten me into a lot of trouble lately.

Another thing that is annoying is the American ideal of doing something- the action bias. If there is nothing to be done, Americans are trained to do something anyway, so I stick out like a sort thumb in that I analyze the situation and do when doing actually makes some sense. I have been scammed enough already. I have a crap history degree thanks to this action nonsense. I think it comes from the PR companies that work for the purveyors of debt.