One of my favorite themes to write about is character, or, lack of it in people. I love the movie “The Caine Mutiny,” which is a great study of character, or the lack of it. The mutineers were saved from conviction when Humphrey Bogart gets on the witness stand, and the more he speaks, the more he digs his own grave. It has taken me a lot of life to realize that sometimes saying nothing says it all. Courtroom scenes, especially when one of the lawyers gets the witness started and then the lawyer just stands back and lets the witness hang himself, is a common theme.
I especially like the celebration scene in “The Caine Mutiny” where Jose Ferrer, who played the military lawyer who exonerated the sailors spoils the victory party and sets the record straight, pointing out the character flaws of those who had prevailed over Bogart and exposing the untoward behavior of the conspirators.
Once again, clean up the mess, and earn a lot of animus. I allowed them to enjoy the sinecure of my efforts, and then without warning, without so much as an oddment, I am replaced. I am still amazed at the expectations of the iniquitous managers who expect me to behave professionally, when they themselves are unable to reciprocate. Perhaps this is the fate of those of us who still hold as sacred respectful and righteous behavior. During our last meeting, I spoke less than thirteen words. In days past, I might have offered up ruminations and opinions, but experience is a good teacher, and what my mother said has proven true, if you can’t say anything nice, say nothing. They offered up no apologies, and while they offered thanks, I offered no rejoinder.
As lessons learned from life and my wise mother indicate, their deportment will likely have consequences far beyond my debasement. Their reprobate behavior has likely been noticed by more than myself. No matter what justification, blindsiding is unprofessional, as are promises based on performance that is unspecified. Be advised that it is your responsibility to define the benchmarks, and anyone who is unwilling to agree upon them, is prevaricating. When there are no benchmarks, you have given them free rein to do as they please, most often at your expense. I see blindsiding as unethical and unprofessional, and all the more loathsome when done by those who refer to themselves as professionals. That they feel no odium nor understand the consequences of their behavior, because they are plainly looking out for themselves, again, at your expense.
Lesson learned, and if it is an offer, they need to put the expectations in writing, and you carefully need to read it, or have another professional read it. This was a lesson from professionals that I would have never suspected as behaving this way. All the overtime without compensation based on promises of pending rewards are in the dustbin. All I am taking away is another lesson of distrust. I would never have suspected such disingenuousness, but now I know better. There's always karma, or beliefs that one's actions will define one's fate. I would not look for good things for these people, but then, I've been wrong before.