Feb. 4th, 2017

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I hate motivational posters and inspirational quotes, because a lot of them are sanctimonious crap. They often involve shaming people with mental illnesses for taking medication to treat their medical conditions, claim all you need to do to be happy is to choose to be happy (even typing that made me roll my eyes), scold employees for failing to give their all for a job in which they will be treated like crap by the employers, or are stupid opinions given respect simply because they came from famous people.

The only place of work I endured which sported motivational postures was one of the worst jobs I ever had. It was a bookstore, and the owners were vicious people who violated employment law. Seriously, they called one employee a week before Christmas and told them not to bother coming in again. No warning, no notice. Illegal, but what was a minimum wage worker going to do? They thought I was stupid enough to agree to be transferred to one of the locations that was far out of my way, demanding an hour commute each way, in which I would get no breaks because I would be working alone with no one to relieve me, with no raise in pay. I think I was supposed to think it was some kind of compliment. I said no.

One of the most ridiculous quotes given respect simply because of who said it was the following:

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." - Theodore Roosevelt

I have mentioned this quote before. I think it's ridiculous to claim the wrong thing is better than doing thing. The wrong thing is, by it's very nature, going to do damage. That's why it's the wrong thing. Damage may result from doing nothing, but at least it's not a certainty. It's kind of like talking. If what you're going to say is a valid contribution, say it. If all you've got to say is a lie or needlessly destructive, don't say it. Say nothing. You won't look like an idiot or a jerk, and you won't damage anyone else.

Anyway, I can't be the only one to feel this way. So the book would have a list of these "inspirational" nonsense and a rant about why they are, at best, useless, and, at worst, destructive.

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