Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Days of Noah

I think that's going to be the title of my first novel. The novel I haven't written yet. The novel that'd read more like a collection of essays (ala Donald Miller) than a full one-thread-going-through-it novel.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I am sick to death of seeing and hearing people who claim to be representing Christ on the telly talking about prosperity, wealth, blah blah blah. This is one of the reasons that we -- people who legitimately try to follow the teachings of Christ and adhere to that whole philosophy of loving one another...by which I mean everyone -- get such a bad wrap because we're lumped in with people who take passages of the Bible, twist them, and claim God will give you prosperity in your life if you just follow X Formula, buy X vitamins (I mean, WHAT THE CRAP?!?), or send in $49.95 for their series on how to pray, or somesuch nonsense.

I have no doubt that some of these people may have started off purely, but the dollars have corrupted them.

NO ONE should be allowed to Spam Christ.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I'm in a bit of a foul mood. In case you couldn't tell. I'm wavering from crying (again, like I started to this morning), getting REALLY angry, and just giving up -- throwing my arms up in the air in complete and utter despair and surrender (but not the GOOD kinda surrender).

This stems back somewhat to the discussion I had yesterday, which can be summed up in the following two sentences (mind you, these came from a colleague of mine, someone whose opinion I respect and take at face value):
  • The restructuring and revising of departmental training that I have been working a YEAR on to make certain that the staff are given the opportunity to learn valuable and useful skills and not just attend a seminar on why so-and-so's department or program is cool and/or attend a training program that is evaluated on how much they liked the topic? Scrap it. Completely and utterly scrap everything, and go back to the way it was. ...not because it was a bad restructuring, and not because they NEED this style of training (as was confirmed), but because it doesn't give face time to people who think they and ONLY they can train the staff. Because -- and I quote -- the revisions didn't make them happy.
  • I was also told that the reason I am the lowest paid person in my classified position -- despite having more than five years of full-time work experience more than the other individuals in my classified position -- is (again, quoting) that people don't consider my position important. Oh, they like me, but my position's just not important, so they pay -- for example -- a guy who has a Bachelor's degree in Geology and only two (2) years of experience of working in Student Affairs $6k more a year than I get (with a Master's degree and now 10 years of full-time experience) because his position is thought of as more important. Thought of. NOT classified as or can be backed up with a statistical analysis from our comparative institutions. Thought of.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I need a new life. I wonder what's available on eBay...?

1 comment:

lara said...

We should talk.