Lets be Professional

The opinions here are strictly from the observational view of the writer. No real research went into this piece, only the research of observation on the patterns of humans dealing with each other.

Webster describes a professionalism as: 1. professional character, spirit, or methods. 2. the standing, practice, or methods of a professional, as distinguished from an amateur.

One would also believe that a person in such a high position would conduct his or herself in a manner to maintain that persona, at the very least in the eye of the public. However, many notable, high ranking members of society behave in the exact opposite of what one would considered to be professional.

Take CEO’s for example; although their job can be stressful, working long hours and living in a hectic lifestyle, some find themselves in a very unfavorable light. From things like using company money to pay for vacations, downsizing their workforce to increase profits and giving themselves a “golden parachute” to fall back on if it should all fail.

Politicians can be just as guilty of slandering the meaning of professionalism. Any person could turn on the evening news and most likely hear of some kind of scandal from some political figure.

So, why are so many people getting caught in the snare of unprofessionalism? Could it be that in this day and age that there aren’t too many secrets with the amount of technology and communications available? If so, the person who initially “let the cat out of the bag” had to tell someone, write something online or any other means of bringing that information to the public’s eye.

Regardless if the public knows or not. The fact is that type of conduct is most often only beneficial to one person. The person who is involved in the affair or “cooking the books.” Because of their shortsightedness, thousands of workers suffer. Take for example the famous Enron scandal. Due to higher ups in the company and a lot of bad decision making, employees lost their pension, 401k and so forth. The wants of the few outweighed the needs of the many.

With all that said, it seems that the term professionalism is just a cover up. A fictitious word used to describe one who has climbed higher on the corporate or political ladder. It is human nature to look out for one’s self; but, at some point one should examine the line they cross before heading down a slippery slope.


Experience vs. Ability

In today’s economy, almost every young person graduating with a Bachelors or Masters degree faces on common problem, the desire of employers to hire someone with experience. Often times, the graduate did not acquire much experience in the particular field he or she wants to enter. That person most likely either did not work, due to a busy schedule studying and doing extra curricular activities, or, worked a part time job in an unrelated field. Perhaps the post student was able to do some internships during the semesters, but nothing significant.

How then does one escape the paradox of needing experience to get a job, but cannot get a job due to lack of experience? The answer, employers need to stop putting so much faith in experience. The real qualifier for a job is a person’s ability. Not what the person has done in the past, but, what the person can do now and in the future.

When a person starts any new job, there will be a learning curve. Steep for some, not so much for others. If the person has the ability, then he or she could outperform anyone with years of experience. In fact, just because someone has done a job before and knows how it worked in the past, does that in fact mean that the person will know every nuance of the current job? Does it mean that the person will perform as well or better at the new job? Absolutely not. There are many cases where a person without experience can lean quicker and do better in a new environment than a seasoned individual. Plus, anyone fresh out of school is still acclimated to the study routine and adapting quickly to new things. While someone who has been out of school for many years and in the job market, may be stuck in his or her ways on doing things.

It is long past the time for employers to stop hanging on to the belief that only a person with x years of experience is the only feasible option when hiring a new employee. If this trend continues, there will be a large portion of the workforce which is retired and great deal of candidates with no experience or jobs, because no one would give them a chance.

Questions about God

Today is Easter. And while many are celebrating the resurrection of Christ, I am pondering over many questions about all aspects of the Christian teachings. First off, I was raised in a strict Catholic home. I had the faith spoon fed to me from day one, now I’m wondering more than ever, just what is truth and what is just part of a great story. Primarily, if anyone with a greater knowledge than myself reads this, please feel free to answer these questions.

-Would we have been saved if Jesus had just died of natural causes, rather than being crucified on the cross? And, if not, should we be grateful to Pontius Pilot, Judas and others who aided in his crucifixion?

-In the Old Testament, God creates Adam and Eve and they have three sons: Cain, Able and Seth. Who do Seth and Cain have children with? And, where did they come from?

-God so loved the world that He sent His only Son to save the human race. However, in the Old Testament, God destroyed everyone but Noah and his family, destroyed Sodom and Gamora, punished his faithful servant Joab in a bet with Satan (yet rewards him later), and kills the first born sons of everyone in Egypt (unless lamb’s blood is put on the door). Are these acts of love? Compared to Jesus who kept the company of and forgave prostitutes, thieves and others considered by the people to be bad.

-If the Last Supper was the first Mass, when was the second mass?

-If the Bible is to be taken literally rather than metaphorically, then why do we need priest and preachers explaining what is meant in various passages throughout the text? Are some parts history and others metaphors? Who decides which is which?

-Why do the details in different books vary? Shouldn’t they agree if it is to be taken as an historical document?

There are more questions, but, these are the one’s I’ve been thinking most on.

For the record, I do believe in God. I’m just not certain how everything works out. I also trust the practicality of science and history and the constant search for knowledge. And not just stopping when something difficult comes along and stating that “it’s just the way God made it.” I think that all questions should be thoroughly tested and able to explain at least someday. Science is a matter of fact, religion is a matter of belief.



Alone “Bias” Ourselves

It should be no surprise that bias is prevalent in any news outlet. It is human nature to be bias, it’s like preferring one brand of soda over another. However, when it comes to journalism and delivering the news, the facts get lost or disregarded in the opinions of the owners of the media outlet. Take for example, MSNBC, clearly favoring any liberal policies and opinions and willing to spin a news story to favor one of their own like minded individuals. Generally favoring the Democratic party.

On the other side of the coin is Fox News. Clearly a right wing media source, whose intent is to undermine any liberal minded individuals, liberal policies and propaganda. And proudly supports the GOP (Republican party).

True journalistic integrity has gone out the window, when reporting opinions and speculation rather than facts and honest investigation. The future of a pundit’s job relies solely on his or her ability to report in favor of his or her news affiliation. No one should question the “facts.” Simple editing can turn an opinion into a favorable or unfavorable one, depending on who is backing the news organization.

Although I am not a supporter of Ron Paul, this video is a good example of how the media can misconstrue and paint a bad image of a political candidate.

It should be mentioned that some media sources are so far extreme to the right or left, they may be considered radical. One such establishment is the radical right John Birch Society. The JBS, which arose in 1958 by Robert W. Welch Jr. The overall agenda of the John Birch Society seems to be to protect America from an elite wealthy shadow government or family bent on one day turning the world into a one world government. Or as some have come to call it “The New World Order.” This group has some very radical and despicable ideals. The following is a piece taken from the Wikipedia page on the Society:

The society opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, claiming it violated the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and overstepped individual states’ rights to enact laws regarding civil rights. The society opposes “one world government“, and it has an immigration reduction view on immigration reform. It opposes the United Nations, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and other free trade agreements. They argue the U.S. Constitution has been devalued in favor of political and economic globalization, and that this alleged trend is not accidental. It cited the existence of the former Security and Prosperity Partnership as evidence of a push towards a North American Union.[18]

A daughter of staunch Birchers, Claire Conner, has even posted a video exposing some of the radical ideals of this group. The video can be seen here: Who Are the Birchers Today?

There are some people who believe that such a radical group who’s publications include The New American are an unbiased news source, with only the best intentions of the American people in mind. I would venture to guess that those same people are staunch supporters of talking heads like Rush Limbaugh.

With all of that said, there are plenty of radical left wing pundits pushing their agenda in an equally ferocious manner. Such candidates include: Chris Matthews, Bill Maher, Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann; just to name a few.

In conclusion, where you get your news is your business; but, realize that one must follow the money to understand what the media wants you to hear. Everyone has an agenda and therefore bias. Therefore it is better to seek the least bias news outlet rather than those that claim to be unbiased.

Has Society Lost it’s Moral Compass?

I’ve heard a lot of people state that the world has become a decadent place. One of murder, war, violence, insensitivity, rape, racism and any other horror one can think of. Those people also like to say it’s not like it use to be, when society had values and morals. For example, when they were growing up. This I say is rubbish.

If one looks closely at history, society has always been filled with violence, decadence, war, murder, rape, racism and so on. Let’s go way back to the ancient Romans. Public execution and death provided entertainment for the public at the coliseum. Christians were fed to lions. Prisoners were brutally murdered in a kind of reenactment of famous battles and the poor class was left for dead from starvation. If a person was not born into nobility he or she had a very hard life indeed. There was no opportunity to rise to a higher social class.

Moving forward many years to the English empire, the average person was destitute and starving. No hope of moving up in societies ranks. Torture was prevalent. The king and church had an iron grip on justice and wealth. There were no court systems like those of today. Torture, was a common practice to gain information from the condemned. And painful deaths awaited those who were accused of a crime. Imagine slowly dying in an iron maiden. Or being quartered, having your limbs pulled off? And once again there were nor trials for the accused. Imagine being accused of witch craft? A person would be tortured until the individual either confessed or was killed in so called experiments that would prove whether or not a person was indeed a witch or not.

Now let’s jump all the way up to the 1950’s. The so called golden age of moral values and a God fearing nation. Perhaps this was a good time, provided you were a middle class white male. For African American’s and other minorities, times were not so friendly. Racial segregation was rampant. Hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan made life dangerous for minorities. Prejudice was the norm and African American’s were looked on as a sub human group. Torture and threats came at black families on a regular basis. As well, it was difficult, if not impossible for a black man or woman to raise their social status. Jim Crow laws prevailed. Who knows where we would we would be without the bravery and messages of equality from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, just to name a few.

In conclusion yes times are bad and violence and hatred are prevalent; but, in comparison to how society has progressed, I would almost dare to say this is perhaps one of the most peaceful eras the world has seen in a long time. Yes, it could be better. But, that is up to us. And using violence and hate speech are not going to make things better. Treat others as you want to be treated.

Customer Service

After spending twelve years working with the public, I know a thing or two about customer service. The old saying goes, “the customer is always right.” Well, that is not always true. I am going to use my experience in working in the pharmacy as an example of poor customer attitude.

Most of the public has no idea how their insurance works. The insurance dictates the price to charge the patient for his or her medication. Not the pharmacy, unless they are paying without having insurance. I had one, for lack of a better term, gentleman, scream and use profanity at me because he had a very high copay. Nearly a thousand dollars if I remember correctly. He swore up and down that I was messing up the price of his prescription. I went so far as to run his prescription under the cash price and then again under his insurance. I did this to demonstrate that the insurance was picking up a little piece of the cost. He did not believe me. I advised him to contact his insurance and see if he had a deductible to meet. He finally stormed out of the store, without his medication. Several hours later he came back and apologized indirectly at me. Meaning he asked another employee to pass the apology along. He stated that I was right, he had a deductible to meet, which he found out after contacting his insurance company.

People will also complain about the wait time, which we usually told them it would take roughly twenty to thirty minutes to fill their prescription. A lot of them scoff at that time line and make remarks such as, “can’t you just put a label on it?” In short, no we can’t. There are people who are in front of you that we have to work on. We have to enter the data in the computer, electronically contact the insurance with the information and get a copay back or if the customer is unlucky, the medication may require a prior authorization. Meaning that the insurance wants the doctor to contact them and explain why he or she prescribed that particular medication versus something comparable that the insurance company is willing to pay for. In this case the doctor will either make the effort to get the medication authorized, which can take up to three or four days, or the doctor will change the medication to something else. These kind of things take time. The medication also has to be counted or poured out into the proper container and then checked by the pharmacist to insure it is the correct medication and that it will not interact with any other medications the person is on. So, the long and the short of it is, we can not simply place a label on it.

The list goes on as to what customers will complain about. And unfortunately some companies in a way, encourage such belligerent behavior by giving the complaining customer monetary compensation. Such as twenty five dollars in store credit. Kind and patient customers are not rewarded for being good patrons and allowing the employees to do their job in a safe and timely manner. One does not want the pharmacist to mess up or miss something vital in filling the medication that could cause adverse reactions to the patient. Being rushed and bullied could cause such mistakes to occur. Then a lawsuit would be on the establishment’s hands.

It is my opinion that well behaved and loyal customers should be the ones to be rewarded. Not these customers who switch pharmacies just for some promotional discount, for instance twenty dollars store credit for having a prescription transferred from one pharmacy to another. These kind of people are just abusing the system and do not necessarily intend to become regular patrons.

If everyone worked with the public for one month, I believe, hopefully, that there would be more respect between employee and customer interactions. Treat others as you would want to be treated.

Easily Offended?

First off I’m glad to hear that DOMA is gone. Finally LGBT couples can have the same benefits as traditional married couples. Finally, we are catching up to current times.


Has our society become a bunch of super sensitive sissies? One of my friends told me about a friend of his, from the south, who moved to Chicago for a job. This person called a woman at the work place “hunny”and was fired for sexual harassment. Honestly, that was considered harassment? There are certainly worse things to be called. Plus, people in different regions have different colloquial dialects. It is just what these people heard growing up.

However it is confusing in society. We are desensitized to a great deal of things such as violence, adult themed material and subject matter and hearing profane language in music, movies and television. But, these same people are offended when being called “hunny?” What is our society coming to?