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New equipment sometimes means hurt feelings

New equipment sometimes means hurt feelings.

Let me give you an example. I once worked at a company that was pretty cheap. They didn’t spend money on regularly refreshing their equipment, so it was years old and very slow.

One day I was asked to upgrade some people to have two monitors instead of a tiny 15 inch one they had. As I did this, many people asked me if they were getting a monitor. I said that I had a list and only the people on the list got one. So there were lots of hurt feelings because they didn’t feel important enough to get a second monitor.

So guess what? A few days later one of the older monitors breaks. Now in any other company this would be an opportunity to just upgrade it with the new larger monitor. However in this case the political climate was to get the permission of their manager so that any hurt feelings could be addressed before this was done. Interesting isn’t it? Normally you would just replace something that is broken and let people deal with it as best they can.

In one way this is nice. It is nice that a company is aware of peoples feelings. In another way this is kind of treating people like children. Children don’t have the emotional capability of regulating their feelings like adults show, so you have to treat them more gently than an adult.

Of course the next day the monitor got replaced. However I see this happen in every company. Once someone gets something, everyone else seems to need it too.

It is a fascinating thing to watch. The person with the broken monitor said how terrible it would be if her monitor broke. Now that it did, she seemed kind of upset and nervous about the attention she would attract. She did attract attention.

It is ok to have feelings at work. However if your neighbor gets a new monitor or whatever, it doesn’t mean that you are less valuable. It just means people make decisions for reasons we aren’t always aware of.

Immigration reduces crime study finds

Immigration reduces crime study finds.

Why share this? Some people believe that immigration causes crime. In fact it does the opposite and reduces certain types of crime.

What is the data that supports this? From the article itself:

The authors drew a sample of 200 metropolitan areas as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau and used census data and uniform crime reporting data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a 40-year period from 1970 to 2010.

Compare this to what is said here.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best,” he said during the announcement. “They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”

Clearly that is factually wrong. Not only this but many economists say that immigrants bring solid economic benefits to the United State. If you have ever watched any documentaries about immigration or an immigrants life you would see how difficult it is. Rather than harm them, we should be helping them.

For example, many immigrants work at very low paid manual labor jobs that they can’t find US citizens to do. Things like agricultural work, picking oranges or pulling weeds. In those documentaries you didn’t see any US citizens wanting those jobs. You didn’t see anything other than hardworking immigrants working those jobs as immigrants have always done working the most difficult jobs throughout history.

The view of Asians has changed throughout history. They were brought in to work on the railroad and they were paid the lowest wage possible typical of all immigrant jobs. As a country we have been built on slave and immigrant labor and how dare we suddenly say there isn’t a place for diversity in the United States?

More importantly than just having an economic place for everyone is that the very real fact is that our society is aging. Japan is aging too and they are older than us and have labor shortages. Do we have to have a labor emergency like Japan is having and not having enough births to fill the jobs that are needed?

The fact is that immigrants help keep the country economically afloat and contribute far more than they take. How can someone who wants to work hard for a chance at a decent life be a threat to an average US citizen?

I have known illegal immigrants personally and as a whole I have found them to be inspirational. Hard working, not complaining and saving up to go through the log process of immigration. I have even supported someone coming in the the United States myself on behalf of a family and friends request. I didn’t mind saying that I would be responsible for her but of course her family totally supported her like they said they would.

Even if they family didn’t support her, I had the means and capability to support her. She deserved a chance at a life, and I only wish that I could support and help more people have the chance we all do.

Who are we to say that others don’t have a chance at the life we do? Everyone should be given a chance who is willing to work hard.

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