Friday, 2 January 2009

Sugarcoating

If it's rotten on the inside, who cares. Sweet on the outside is what matters.

Got to put on a good show. Got to make it look good. It doesn't bother them that beneath the surface there may be something very different going on. This satisfies the cognitive dissonance dumb people are content living with throughout their lives.

Pleasantries. Niceties. Valentine's Day gifts. All symbols for the heart but not necessarily symbols from the heart.

Your boss might know you dislike him but as long as you don't show it then you can keep your job. Like a bad smell covered up with air fresheners. No wonder they are so popular.

Everyone knows that gas guzzlers pollute, but when commercials show someone happily driving through a forest in the countryside, it makes dumb people feel better about purchasing an SUV.

The packaging on some egg cartons show cartoon chickens smiling and happy, even though they were raised in battery cages. It makes them "feel good" about the purchase.

It's important to show up at the company Christmas party to show that you are a team member even though you don't enjoy working with members of the team. And the funny thing is, some of them may be feeling the same way. But here you all are, pretending to be happy to be there, working in a company you are pretending to enjoy working for.

When it comes to sugarcoating, formalities in the public eye are the sweetest icing of all. Some people are very critical of the slightest step down from rich sugary sweetness when it comes from someone in the public eye. And yet these same people have no trouble saying the same things in their home, or to their friends. To them, you just can't say something that is politically incorrect when in the public eye. But when it's just you and the boys (or girls) then the gloves can come off with no repercussions. And the true irony (and double standard) is that, if public figures were to say those politically incorrect things away from the media spotlight (such as at an informal get together with buddies), they would not be judged nearly as harshly. In fact, they would probably receive compliments and pats on the back for telling it like it is.

2 comments:

Tight Banana said...

Unfortunately this breeds a generation of overly sensitive people. :(

Anonymous said...

A quote from Herbert Bayard Swope; first winner of the Pulitzer Prize: "I can't give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time."

Sugarcoating seems nice at first, but past all the sweet lies it only makes things worse. Truth becomes covert and subtle, and our minds have to strain to recognize it. As a result, even a few simple words are extrapolated as having bigger meanings. People tend to be overly sensitive when dishonesty is rampant.