Sometimes I begin to wonder why it is that I am absoultely unfit for a career in business. I have plenty of the necessary qualifications, but, the essential reason has always come down to this: I cannot just shake hands with some dude in a suit, and say “Hi! How are ya!” without having every ironic alarm in my psyche go off.
It’s always been this way. I’ve never fit in, and they know it, and I know it. If I tried to do a corporate job of any kind, it would be an obvious instant disaster. American guys really do have this ‘hat guy’ mentality, which is at its core wholly jock, with a thin veneer of scholastic ability. If you were disciplined at sports in high school, and got Bs, then you are ideally suited to business. But if your abilities, or at least, if your critical thinking abilities, go much beyond this, then you just can’t do it. Well, I guess that lots of people are too critically minded, and yet somehow they manage to turn that part of their brians off, so that they can conform. (more…)