I know it’s wrong to feel happy about some things that make others suffer. If I close one eye and squint just right though, I can limit my vision to see just the part of the situation that makes me happy.
One of the companies I mentioned earlier in my quick run-through of where I’ve been since college has finally let the last of their staff go. The final death of a dotcom scam. The last 20 or so people who were left this morning before the news surfaced didn’t really deserve to be treated like this, but how innocent can they be when the death spiral has been ongoing for the past year and a half. A year and a half of sharply declining future, of which every staff member was well aware of.
I felt sorry for them initially, but, on thinking about it more, I realised that these last people were living with blinders on. They knew what was going on, and they did nothing to help themselves. They had every opportunity to get out and find something better. 99% of them are employable elsewhere with better wages and better duties.
There’s only so many times you can try to help someone before you have to let them learn on their own. Keep stopping them from touching the hot burner, and they’ll eventually learn the hard way. Sometimes the hard way is the only way to learn – I know I’ve been there.