I was talking to my friend, Ben last night, we’ve been friends for close to 30 years. He has worked with middle school age children for more than 25 years and we were talking about the generation gap.
We met waiting tables. I told him about all justification of poor service and the spitting in food that has been discussed here recently, here and here, just to verify my opinions and impressions. He validated me and agreed that had someone done something like that or even suggested it, they’d have been kicked off the job, probably instantly. I mean in the middle of lunch rush, we’d have collectively kicked them off the job if not out the back the door. We’d have not wanted to be around someone like that, nor to work with them, and have them run off our customers. One way or the other, they’d have been off the job within hours and this is a fact.
He said he was very aware of a generation gap and his observation is that no one seems to be able to solve a problem anymore. I agree with him and have written a lot about being ineffectual. It’s like a disease to me. A widespread disease.
Effectiveness is associated with Mars and Mars by it’s nature is coarse and offensive. There is an old adage, you can’t make an omelette unless you break some eggs. You can see how the whole the PC movement thwarts effectiveness as no one wants to risk offending anyone. The irony here is if you do offend someone, the response is violent!
This proves you will never rid the world of Mars energy. It’s going to pop up, regardless but I would sure like to see people and society in general become more effective at solving problems.
To offer a simple example, let’s say your business is not profitable. If you do not make cuts (Mars), you will go out of business. If you make the cuts, people will be offended. You have to be willing to make the cuts in order to survive and I just don’t see any anything noble about inaction in this circumstance.
If you have a problem, you have to actually do something to solve it. You must act or I guarantee you, you’ll wish you would have right about the time it’s too late.
Do you struggle to solve the problems in your life? Where is your Mars?